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Streets to sparkle with Christmas lights comphttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/streets-to-sparkle-with-christmas-lights-compStreets to sparkle with Christmas lights comp2023-12-03T13:00:00Z
Community pulls weight against domestic violencehttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/community-pulls-weight-against-domestic-violenceCommunity pulls weight against domestic violence2023-11-27T13:00:00Z
Bankstown Arts Centre explores Western Sydney's landscapehttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/bankstown-arts-centre-explores-western-sydneys-landscapeBankstown Arts Centre explores Western Sydney's landscape2023-11-27T13:00:00Z
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Mayoral toy drive delivering joy this Christmashttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/mayoral-toy-drive-delivering-joy-this-christmasMayoral toy drive delivering joy this Christmas2023-11-20T13:00:00Z
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Cameras to watch illegal dumpershttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/cameras-to-watch-illegal-dumpersCameras to watch illegal dumpers2023-11-05T13:00:00Z
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Tug O' War cup takes on domestic violencehttps://www.cbcity.nsw.gov.au/media/news/tug-o-war-cup-takes-on-domestic-violenceTug O' War cup takes on domestic violence2023-10-15T13:00:00Z
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Media alert

Media alert Arthur Moses SC’s independent review of the investigation into allegations concerning the Mayor of Canterbury-Bankstown, Council staff and its processes has been released. Yes Arthur Moses SC’s independent review of the investigation into allegations concerning the Mayor of Canterbury-Bankstown, Council staff and its processes has been released.  
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Arthur Moses SC’s independent review of the investigation into allegations concerning the Mayor of Canterbury-Bankstown, Council staff and its processes has been released.

A copy of the reports will be provided to ICAC and the Minister for Local Government.

The Investigation, which was led by Ms Kath Roach of SINC Solutions looked into allegations made under parliamentary privilege by Ms Tania Mihailuk MP and Ms Wendy Lindsay MP and related to planning matters between 2009-2022.

The three-month Investigation involved questioning of the Mayor Khal Asfour and Council staff and reviewing thousands of pages of documentation.

Ms Lindsay MP and Ms Mihailuk MP were each invited to provide information about their allegations to the Investigation but did not do so. The Investigation could not compel them to provide any information and had to rely on them as public officials agreeing to provide information about the allegations.

The review makes no findings about their use of parliamentary privilege to make allegations but focuses on the allegations which were made.

Mr Moses was asked to review the SINC Solutions investigation to ascertain whether there was any evidence of any unlawful, or corrupt conduct by any elected official, or Council employees.
He also examined whether there were any breaches under Council’s Code of Conduct or the Local Government Act.

Key findings include:

  • No evidence that Mayor Khal Asfour has, or at any relevant time had any business or personal relationships with Eddie Obeid, or his son Paul.
  • No evidence that Mayor Khal Asfour failed to declare and manage conflicts of interest in respect of decisions concerning the West Terrace carpark. And further that Mayor Asfour was not directly involved in any decisions with respect to planning matters concerning the Bellevue Venue site.
  • No evidence that the Mayor Khal Asfour failed to declare and manage any conflict of interests in respect of the Local Area Plan and the Planning Proposal as it related to Segers Avenue, Padstow and the Draft Consolidated LEP as it related to the East Hills Area.
  • No conduct identified as being in breach of the Code of Conduct, or LGA Act which could be deemed corrupt conduct for the purposes of the ICAC Act, or an offence for the purpose of any other Act.
  • In relation to the allegations made by Ms Mihailuk MP and Ms Lindsay MP there is no evidence of any corrupt or unlawful act, or breaches of the Code of Conduct/Local Government Act by the Mayor Khal Asfour or any employee of Council.
  • A significant amount of time and resources were expended reviewing documents as the allegations of misconduct levelled at the Mayor and Council staff “lacked particularisation”.
  • Council had in place at all relevant times, appropriate corporate governance with respect to corruption prevention measures. And the General Manager and senior staff proactively took steps to ensure that Councillors were meeting their obligations in respect of the Code of Conduct.
  • Council at all relevant times sought to adhere to its obligations to investigate allegations in a timely manner and to report matters to the ICAC.

In concluding, Mr Moses found the evidence presented showed that Mayor Asfour had diligently fulfilled his obligations under the Code of Conduct. He said the allegations had regrettably cast a shadow over the entire Council.

Mr Moses said it was a matter for individual members of Parliament to determine what is raised under Parliamentary privilege but noted and agreed with comments made in a different context in a recent report by the Chief Commissioner of ICAC the Hon. John Hatzistergos AM.

Mr Hatzistergos AM reminded candidates for the upcoming State election they should act properly in making referrals to the Commission and that investigations into allegations of corrupt conduct are rarely assisted by premature publicity.

Arthur Moses SC’s review and the SINC Solutions report and supporting documentation are available online at cb.city/MosesReview from 4pm.


 11/01/2023 9:48 AM