CFP Business Specialist | Local Government Expert | Political Adviser
Has the Premier met the 11 February 2015 deadline to request a revocation?
After the Premier’s comments to the media about the amalgamation process being over and his raising the white flag, revoking Governor’s Orders is the next crucial step.
Under 10.2 of the Executive Council Guidelines – Revocation of Approvals, amending or revoking an earlier Executive Council approval such as Governors Orders appears to require the Parliamentary Counsel to draft such a request for revocation. See: http://www.dpc.wa.gov.au/RoleOfGovernment/Pages/ExecutiveCouncilGuidelinesHTMLversion.aspx#revocation_of_approvals
The request must also include a submission to request revocation and must clearly identify the Minute relating to the original approval, including the Minute number and date, and a copy of the original Minute must be attached. The request must be submitted in the week before the Executive Council Meeting, and be signed by the Minister and accompanied by a Cabinet Submission.
The Executive Council is the supreme decision-making body of government and consists of the Governor (as Chair) and all Cabinet Ministers. It is interesting that Cabinet is not recognised in the State Constitution yet has so much power.
The next meeting of the Executive Council is on Tuesday 17 February 2015. However, agenda items from Cabinet had to be in by 11 February 2015. Has the Premier met this deadline?
Otherwise we will have to wait until the next Executive Council meeting which is on Wednesday 4 March 2015.
For more meeting dates see: http://www.dpc.wa.gov.au/RoleOfGovernment/Pages/ExecutiveCouncilMeetingsDates.aspx