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By Jessica Strutt Updated about 11 hours agoWed 12 Nov 2014, 9:14pm
There are calls for the chairman of an independent board that advises the WA Government on new council boundaries to be sacked, after it emerged he asked to be considered for another job as a local government commissioner.
The Opposition said it was further evidence that Local Government Advisory Board chairman Mel Congerton had multiple conflict of interests in performing the role and has compromised the independence of the body. In October last year the ABC revealed that Mr Congerton was a long-term member of the Liberal Party, which led the Opposition to question the Government’s claim that the board was independent.
Local Government Minister Tony Simpson has confirmed his office did receive correspondence from Mr Congerton on August 22 last year in which the chairman expressed an interest in being appointed a commissioner should the need arise.
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