Review of Council Office & Nomination for State or Federal Election Policy
9 March 2018
The City of Kingston has introduced measures to clearly separate Council decision making processes from political campaigning for those Councillors who chose to nominate, and/or are preselected by a Political Party for State or Federal Parliamentary Elections.
In performing their role as an elected Councillor, a Councillor’s first priority must be to their Council responsibilities.
Mayor Steve Staikos said that Councillors have taken an oath of office to undertake the duties of the office of Councillor in the best interests of the people in the municipal district of Kingston and to faithfully and impartially carry out the functions, powers, authorities and discretions vested in them.
“Under Council’s newly adopted policy, a Councillor who is a prospective or nominated candidate should not participate in council’s decision making processes if they choose to use Council, a Council issue or decision as a campaign issue” Mayor Staikos said.
The Local Government Act sets out the enforceable rules that govern all local Councils.
“Kingston’s adopted policy goes beyond the standards set out in the Act. While this is not enforceable, it aims to clearly delineate between the roles of a Councillor and an election candidate. Kingston Council will not be drawn into becoming a player in the forthcoming state election campaign."
“Council will not come under the undue influence of any Member of Parliament or Candidate. I am disappointed to read in Hansard yet again that some members of the State Parliament of Victoria are using their positions to attack a high governance standard set by this council” Mayor Staikos said.
I would encourage all Councillors to abide by the Councillor Code of Conduct and this new policy that will raise the bar in governance.
Kingston is leading the sector in the introduction of these measures.