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Minister orders sacking of Ipswich City Council

UPDATE: Stirling Hinchliffe will introduce new powers to speed-up the sacking of the Ipswich City Council and appoint an administrator.

He will move to introduce new legislation during the parliament's August 21 sitting week to dismiss the council and appoint an administrator until 2020.

It comes after the council challenged the minister's power to dismiss them in the Supreme Court. 

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Mr Hinchliffe said by lodging the challenge; "Ipswich councillors have made it plain they could drag this process out for years".

He said "after a year of turmoil, arrests, criminal charges and a recent Supreme Court challenge it was time to give the Ipswich community certainty".

'Dismissing a democratically-elected Local Government is not a step to be taken lightly, but it's necessary because of an extraordinary chain of events," he said.

"For me this decision is as much - if not more - about ratepayers and staff of this bruised and battered council."

The introduction of special legislation will allow for an administrator to be appointed until March 2020 when the next quadrennial council elections are due.

Last week the State Government told the QT plans for new legislation would not be considered "at this stage".

 

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EARLIER: Stirling Hinchliffe will hold a press conference today to make an announcement about the future of the Ipswich City Council.

Mr Hinchliffe is due to speak to the media at 12.30pm.

The QT can reveal Labor's state politicians in Ipswich have been summonsed to Queensland Parliament for a briefing by the minister.

It is expected to begin at noon.

Several sources expect the announcement to be a "significant one" and predicted Mr Hinchliffe had two choices.

He could revoke the show-cause notice and leave councillors, or introduce special parliamentary legislation to dismiss the council.

The minister's jurisdiction to sack the council was challenged in the Supreme Court last month.

Mr Hinchliffe has previously pledged not to make a decision on the council before the Supreme Court returns on July 31. 


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