A Victorian local councillor has allegedly assaulted the Mayor of Manningham in the councilâ€™s own august chambers at its most recent meeting on the 25th of May.
VEXNEWS understands the the councillor â€“ a member of the Greens political party â€“ David Ellis repeatedly and forcibly punched the Labor Mayor, Charles Pick while uttering some curious and concerning words which cannot be published due to our family values broadcasting policy.
Neither gentleman responded to our calls of inquiry this afternoon. It is not yet known whether the violent incident has yet been referred to the authorities.
But it certainly should be.
STEPHEN MAYNE’S LITTLE MATE
The councillor â€“a key political ally of the resources rent tax advocate and Manningham councillor Stephen Mayne â€“ has had form in all sorts of anti-social behaviour including anger management and racism. The Sunday Herald Sun brought Ellisâ€™s concerning conduct to public attention earlier in the year.
Mayne is believed to be openly canvassing which Liberal party state seat he should run for at the next party preselections. Party insiders laugh this off saying his alliance with the Greens party shell-back and advocacy of Ruddâ€™s great big new tax are just the most recent atrocities that will taken down in evidence and used against him if he attempts to rejoin the party he so thoroughly burned after defecting from the ranks of Kennett spin-doctors.
DOESN’T LIKE CHINESE NURSING HOME; DOESN”T LIKE COUNCIL TRANSLATING MATERIAL INTO FOREIGN LANGUAGES
Meanwhile Ellis is believed to be particularly obsessed with a Chinese aged care facility in the municipality and wants to â€œrun it out of town.â€ He is understood to be a radical anti-immigration advocate too and must figure that third generation Chinese folk are still immigrants of a sort. I suppose we all are.
His views on the nursing home and his misconduct on the council have led him into frequent conflict with many other councillors including the Mayor and his deputy Fred Chuah. He even told one of his council colleagues that he shouldn’t voted on the Chinese nursing home’s expansion plans because his wife was Korean.
Ellisâ€™s political ally Stephen Mayne explained in a strange column last week in the left-wing email newsletter he founded that Ellis had strongly objected to spending money on â€œmulti-cultural causes.â€ He also didnâ€™t like the council spending money on translating material into the first languages of some immigrants.
His views are contentious as the council’s own website explains:
Manningham has a population of 116,449 and is made up of a diverse community, with 34 per cent born overseas from places including: China, Italy and Greece, bringing a wealth of languages, music, food and cultural traditions to the area.
If this man was any more of a pig, one insider claimed, heâ€™d audibly oink:
“How he ended up in the Greens party is a truly puzzling question…”
His opposition to translating material to Italian, Greek, Chinese and other community languages does seem remarkably petty and bizarre.
According to Mayneâ€™s account, one of his council opponents, Ivan Reid, complained that these views were Hansonesque, a tough but seemingly correct observation.
Ellis complained â€“ in the manner of Pauline Hanson before him actually â€“ that his free speech rights were being infringed and complained that he was being labelled racist.
That was just the beginning.
We understand that after the meeting Ellis angrily confronted Mayor Pick and attacked him in the way described above.
Mayne was aware of this when he wrote what appeared to be a pre-emptive PR strike against any legal repercussions that might follow from Ellisâ€™s violent attack, which could include the Minister for Local Government sacking him.
He was clearly very worried about what fate could befall his key political ally on council.
He accused Pick of â€œgoadingâ€ Ellis several times to hit him although that is not clear from the recording he linked to to substantiate his claim.
He then left out the part of the story where Ellis attacked the mayor. The left-wing email newsletter insists Mayne isnâ€™t paid for contributions about the Manningham council, which is just as well in light of their incredibly self-serving nature.
Given that he has censored the most interesting and appalling aspect of what went on at and after that council meeting, it is clear they are truly getting what they pay for.