Lord Mayoral aspirant and former Liberal state leader Robert Doyle has expressed concern over councillors not attending council meetings, like Catherine Ng who has admitted that her attendance record “exceeds 50%”.
He told a Herald Sun online forum that “my expectation is that councillors attend unless there is an urgent or legitimate reason like an emergency.”
Expressing similar concerns, Peter McMullin – in an earlier forum – said that he had a plan to get Melbourne’s councillors back to work:
I and my team are very keen to see council standards improved. To that end, each of my team has committed to accepting a $500 fine if they do not attend a council or committee meeting without a reasonable excuse. There are a lot of issues facing Melbourne at the moment and it is important that all councillors including the lord mayor focus on those issues.
Catherine Ng – who has been on the Melbourne council for seven years although it might have seemed like three and a half for her because she’s missed all those meetings – has gone berserk about the rising tide of voter concern about her poor attendance.
Reports of tears, hissy fits, screaming and mental eruptions have added colour to any otherwise reasonably restrained affair.
It says much about her mental stability that this is her reaction to criticism.