WHO did it? This is the question on almost everybody’s lips. Who lodged the anonymous code of conduct complaint against Cr Paul Nichols?
Councillors will decide on Monday night if they will take the next step to have a Supreme Court suppression order lifted. We already know it is a simple process. It’s just a matter of the council and Cr Nichols agreeing to have it lifted and then it is a quick, reasonably inexpensive process. Council received this legal advice from Daryl Gray at a meeting in April this year.
But just having the name made public won’t tell the whole story.
In the public’s best interest an inquiry is needed to reveal the circumstances leading up to the original code of conduct being lodged so that all involved can be made accountable. Maybe it was just one person who decided to take action against Cr Nichols. But if it wasn’t, why should others not be exposed in the same light.
Some would argue “let’s put it to bed” but with a cost of $1million, many more suggest that those responsible should hold at least some accountability.