The DCC Code of Conduct has become a Kangaroo Court, with no effective balance or Natural Justice rights for the accused.
Clause 12 of the Code of Conduct says that “only members and the chief executive may make a complaint”, but now the judges allow any one of 1500 staff members to anonymously Code of Conduct a so-called decision maker and smear them during an election campaign without the accuser being questioned or witness statements being seen.
The judges have been politically naive to assume that being able to make a final plea with all the with-held facts and accusations could change the rubber-stamping of the biased investigation.
The Code of Conduct process is now being used to silence criticism or complaints, and to silence anyone who speaks up as being ‘loud’ or ‘intimidating’.
I have taken this Court action against the DCC at my own expense to challenge this new use of Code of Conduct which has become a very big bureaucratic tail that now wags the elected dogs.
From the court evidence “one councillor spoke in favour of Mr Vandervis,
making the points that: it was unlikely Mr Vandervis was trying to get out of paying a
$12 ticket because he was paying a $40 ticket at the same time; the video did not
appear to show shouting or that Mr Vandervis had stormed off; a big issue was being
made out about a small thing; and it was no wonder that Mr Vandervis was concerned
about election interference”