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RAISING THE STANDARD: Doyle and McMullin will require councillors to attend all meetings

lmdoyle Lord Mayoral aspirant and former Liberal state leader Robert Doyle has expressed concern over councillors not attending council meetings, like Catherine Ng who has admitted that her attendance record “exceeds 50%”.

He told a Herald Sun online forum that “my expectation is that councillors attend unless there is an urgent or legitimate reason like an emergency.”

Expressing similar concerns, Peter McMullin – in an earlier forum – said that he had a plan to get Melbourne’s councillors back to work:

I and my team are very keen to see council standards improved. To that end, each of my team has committed to accepting a $500 fine if they do not attend a council or committee meeting without a reasonable excuse. There are a lot of issues facing Melbourne at the moment and it is important that all councillors including the lord mayor focus on those issues.

Catherine Ng – who has been on the Melbourne council for seven years although it might have seemed like three and a half for her because she’s missed all those meetings – has gone berserk about the rising tide of voter concern about her poor attendance.

Reports of tears, hissy fits, screaming and mental eruptions have added colour to any otherwise reasonably restrained affair.

It says much about her mental stability that this is her reaction to criticism.



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  1. Oh Victor my dear dear friend.
    It is fine and dandy to be in the limelight again.
    It is really helping my love life :/

    sent from a Blackberry® device.

    Posted by Fatty Doyle | November 14, 2008, 16:50
  2. Catherine Ng’s campaign is as dead as Jeff Jackson’s rule.

    Let Freedom reign

    Posted by Calvin Broadus | November 14, 2008, 22:52
  3. It’s natural for the old school tie, disciplinarian, mayoral candidate, Doily, to want to bring back the strap to get future Melbourne councillors to attend and toe the line at meetings.

    Not sure if Ng is into strapping.

    Out in the commodore county of Whitehorse, the local court-bound,ALP staffer and retiring councillor George Droutsas did well compared with Ng. He only missed 17 of 50 meetings in the past two years.

    Posted by Inomniaparatus | November 14, 2008, 23:58
  4. Sportingbet Australia seems to agree that Catherine Ng’s campaign has taken a dive.

    See Changing Odds

    As to the debate I think both McMullin and Doyle were deceitful and misleading verging on boredom. Not impressed with either campaign. If I had to choose between Doyle and McMulin then the later would be preferable. Doyle’s running mate Susan Riley was one of the worst Deputy Lord Mayor’s on record. She was well known for rorting the system and taking numerous $20,000 overseas trips at ratepayers expense.

    When asked about this Doyle response was “No Junkets”. But that was just a lie as was his claim that he did not particpate in negative campaigns. He seams to have forgot about his recent attempt to destroy Nick Columb’s campaign.

    3AW – Media Player

    Media player link added by VEXNEWS

    Click here to hear Nick Columb’s interview and allegations against Robert Doyle just days before.

    3AW – Media Player

    Media player link added by VEXNEWS

    Click here to hear Neil Mitchell with Robert Doyle and Robert’s negative attack against his opponent.

    The motive behind Doyle’s negative campaign attack… Columb would not agree to preference to Doyle ahead of McMullin and Morgan. (Notably Columb rang Doyle to let him know two days before the closing date) Doyle preferenced Columb, Snedden and Clarke (Both Liberal Councillors, last on his HTV.

    Clearly Columb has it over Doyle and his Team when it comes to integrity.

    Extract of transcript from Columb’s rebuttal and reply to Doyle’s negative comments

    [Nick Columb] Robert Doyle is on about nothing in particular, he wanted to get a preference deal which was to put him number two on my ticket. We decided not to put him number two on the ticket and my campaign manager spoke to him a day and a half before that, he ranted and raved and carried on like a spoilt brat and threatened that he would come on your [Neil Mitchell’s] program and destroy my campaign and he was good to his promise, because he came on and attempted to do it. I hope the people of Victoria can see through him this time like they did in 2002. Because it is not on that he should do that.

    I was very angry. It is no good for a candidate to personally attack another candidate without it being true. It’s untrue. He just did not get his way, his petulant, he was abusive, he was threatening. He came on and he claims that you [Neil Mitchell] are behind his campaign and he is using you to forward his message. In fact your the only message that he is distributing. [Reference to Herald Sun article] He is arrogant enough to not to bother talking to the electorate, he does not send out his policies. He does not talk to anybody. He is just going to put a big billboard up with his face on it.

    [Neil Mitchell Comment] I am not part of his campaign.

    [Nick Columb] He claims that you are and he claims that the Herald is [also] and the Herald says they are not too. So he is wondering around and making false claims attacking people like me. Hopefully people understand that he [Robert Doyle] is not the sort of person that ought to be in the town hall. In fact he is a great example why failed recycled politicians shouldn’t be allowed to get into the Town Hall. In fact independents is what the town hall needs, not party political people.

    -End of Transcript-

    Robert Doyle after this interview contacted the Herald Sun and agreed, belatedly to participate in their live blog forum debate.

    Sportingbet Australia’s odds changed after Columb’s interview.

    Posted by Melbcity | November 15, 2008, 6:20
  5. columb, snedden & clarke would see the junket & perks budget blow out like never before. fifi la plage [remember that expensively cretinous idea for a beach on the yarra] is one of the most expensive councillors on record. bring back commissioners – that’s the only way to get good governance in local politics

    Posted by evil bastard | November 15, 2008, 10:22
  6. Evil B. You have not seen Susan Riley then. Believe me she is a rorter plus… Snedden and Clarke did a much better job then Carl Jetter and co. What’s amazing is how spiteful and bitter Doyle is about the Liberal Party. Can you trust someone that will betray their own?

    Posted by Put Doyle Last | November 15, 2008, 11:04
  7. Doyle’s love affairs are with Mrs Palmer and her five daughters.

    Posted by anon | November 15, 2008, 21:14
  8. To betray one’s own Party is to uphold the Menzies Legacy.

    Posted by Dr Dean | November 16, 2008, 1:21
  9. If Menzies were alive today, his career highlights would only reach the heights of a lavatory cleaner.

    Posted by anon | November 16, 2008, 7:10
  10. anon 7.10 – it is most unkind to suggest that Menzies is an equal of Keating – he far surpasses PJK.

    Posted by Anonski | November 16, 2008, 11:00
  11. I like chinese, one should win!

    Posted by Anonymous | November 16, 2008, 12:36
  12. Menzies had a secret lust for young boys.

    Posted by anon | November 16, 2008, 20:25
  13. yeh, menzies sucked my cock. 30 years later howard rimmed my arsehole. Really, downer took photos after kemp egged us on about it. I miss those days-fag cabinet

    Posted by up yours | November 16, 2008, 22:08
  14. This love affair with Columb is bizarre! He is basically part of the Toorak dilettante (nothing wrong with that!) brigade who have been attending Lib functions for as long as its existed. I suspect Red Ted and his team are big supporters especially given the Snedden nuff nuff and Peter Clarke’s involvement.
    Are Nick and Fifi going to roll in drunk to every council meeting? Is fifi going to receive a french au pair care of council so she has an excuse to mangle the French language as well as the English?
    I predict we will live to regret the election of Columb. People shouldnt be blinded just because his isn’t technically a Liberal or Labor ticket!

    Posted by Anon Annonski | November 17, 2008, 11:47
  15. The mighty team of McMullin & Wilson will see off the Fifi La Plage revival.

    Posted by timmeh 4 eva | November 17, 2008, 23:12