The Inquiry Into the City of Perth was announced on 24 April 2018 by the Minister for Local Government David Templeman under section 8.16 of the Local Government Act 1995.
Mr Tony Power was appointed to conduct the Inquiry and will investigate and report on the operations and affairs of the City of Perth. The Inquiry will have the powers of a Royal Commission and will discharge its role independently and objectively.
The Inquiry held a hearing at 10.00am on 30 June 2020 at which the Inquirer marked the end of the Inquiry and delivered his closing remarks. This included a description of what the Inquiry has done, how it has done it and, in very broad terms, the outcomes of that work. Neither witnesses nor their legal representatives were required to attend. No appearances were taken and no submissions will be made by any counsel.
Due to COVID 19 restrictions on the capacity of the hearing room, the proceedings was live streamed
Hearing Room 2, Level 18, 111 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000.Media room: Level 17.Due to hearing room access restrictions, the closing hearing was live streamed to this website.
The Inquiry has requested and the Minister for Local Government has granted an extension of time for the Inquiry to provide its final report to the Minister. That has been necessary as a result of disruptions and delays to the Inquiry’s work caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Inquiry will now provide its report to the Minister on or before 30 June 2020. In accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1995, it will then be for the Minister to make that report available to affected parties and the public.
The Inquiry Practice Directions govern the conduct of the Inquiry into the City of Perth.
The single member Panel is Mr Tony Power, a senior and experienced barrister. Mr Power has a broad practice and has worked in many areas of the law in almost all Courts and Tribunals, the Corruption and Crime Commission, Royal Commissions and as a mediator. He has been an acting Judge of the District Court and is an adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame Australia and Murdoch University.
The Inquiry will have the powers of a Royal Commission and the authority to make a recommendation on the dismissal or reinstatement of the suspended City of Perth council. In undertaking the Inquiry, Mr Power will investigate the operations and affairs of the City of Perth between October 1 2015 and March 1 2018 inclusive. Specifically, the Inquiry will consider if there was a failure to provide good government for the City of Perth community, the prospect of providing future good government and any necessary action to ensure ongoing good government.
Mr Philip Urquhart, Ms Kate Ellson and Mr Cheyne Beetham commenced as Counsel Assisting the Inquiry in June 2019. Ms Kim Lendich ceased as Counsel Assisting on 30 June 2019. The Inquiry thanks her for her contribution to its work.
The Inquiry into the
City of Perth will be conducting public hearings commencing 5 August
2019. Details on the hearing dates and other important information is
Public hearings resume 26 August 2019.
Hearing Room 2, Level 18, 111 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000.
Media room: Level 17.
The public examinations will be video recorded with the recordings and/or transcripts of proceedings placed on the website in due course. Note: hearings will not be live streamed to the website, as previously indicated.
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On 24 April 2018 the Minister for Local Government, using his powers under Section 8.16 of the
Local Government Act 1995, appointed an Inquiry Panel
(Inquiry) to inquire into, report on, and make recommendations in
relation to the City of Perth, including whether the Council should be
reinstated or dismissed.
A hearing took place on 21 November 2018
at which the Inquirer and Counsel Assisting will open the Inquiry to
the public. The purpose of the opening was to ensure that members of the
public are properly informed about the nature and extent of the
Inquiry, its functions, progress and some of its likely directions. This
opening preceded, among other things, a number of private examinations
of various persons connected with the affairs of the City of Perth who
are expected to be able to assist the Inquiry in comprehensively
addressing its Terms of Reference.
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