01/10/2008 - 13:45

Cockburn council at risk of being dumped

01/10/2008 - 13:45

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Premier Colin Barnett has reportedly given a strong indication that the government would consider sacking the entire Cockburn City Council if its mayor, Stephen Lee, does not resign.

Premier Colin Barnett has reportedly given a strong indication that the government would consider sacking the entire Cockburn City Council if its mayor, Stephen Lee, does not resign.

The ABC reported that Mr Barnett has joined a growing chorus of calls for Mr Lee to resign after the Corruption and Crime Commission found he engaged in misconduct five times by failing to declare up to $40,000 worth of funding from a developer represented by Brian Burke.

Mr Barnett was reported as saying that Mr Lee should do the responsible thing and stand down.

"We certainly don't favour sacking the council," Mr Barnett was reported as saying.

"Unfortunately that's one of the few options available under the existing law, but John Castrilli, the local Government Minister, has made it quite clear that Stephen Lee should step down as the Mayor of Cockburn.

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