The Greens party endorsed candidate for Lord Mayor of Melbourne Adam Bandt today left open the option of resigning – and the leaving the council in a leadership crisis – if a conservative majority is elected to the council, which appears highly likely, whoever wins the Mayoral poll.
He told a Herald Sun online forum:
Bandt: As Lord Mayor, I would hope to be able to implement the policies I’ve been elected on, subject only to what the council tells me to do.
Q: So if there’s a conservative majority on council, you’d obey their directions? Just say they voted to do something you disagreed with, would you resign?
Bandt: Good question, Majority. I think it would depend on the issue. The Melbourne City Council has Australia’s most undemocratic voting structure: mobile phone towers get two votes and residents only one. If there’s an undemocratically elected majority I’d have to consider my position very carefully.
In a live blog facilitated by the Hun, the candidate Adam Bandt expressed his support for a plan to build a mosque within the municipality and refused to answer questions about whether he’d decline to fly first or business class if elected to the City’s highest office.
The Greens party endorsed candidate for the Lord Mayoralty of Melbourne has also admitted to “lapsing” as a vegan/vegetarian and joining the ranks of the carnivore majority.
Greens party policy proposes the complete banning of meat and eggs, except for highly expensive “free range” production which at least triples the cost to consumers.[pdf] In the days prior to intensive chicken farming, in per kilo terms, chicken cost more than lobster, putting it out of reach of working families.
He also stunned local Greens party supporters and other radicals when he revealed his life partner is looking forward to meeting Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth if the occasion arises.
He contrasted his record his Planning Committee slacker Chairwoman Catherine Ng saying “I’ll be a full-time lord mayor, and my council team and I are committed to attending council meetings.”
Bandt appeared to admit he is a trainee barrister or a pupil having left the ambulance chasing law firm Slater and Gordon over a year ago. He denied being a shareholder in the listed law firm.
He also denied being in Greg Barber’s “power” faction in the Victorian Greens which has seized control of their preselection process in recent years.
Bandt declined to answer questions about whether he was sending tonnes of paper to voters by direct mail.
To read the whole exchange, click here.