Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Deputy Mayor Musical Chairs

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Deputy Mayor Musical Chairs

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JOEL

GOULD

joel.gould@qt.com.au

THE selection of the next deputy mayor of Ipswich will be made at a meeting of all councillors after the August 19 election in a secret ballot vote.

It is worth making this point clear because there seems to be some confusion in the community about the process. There is a twist to this formality in the case of the upcoming Ipswich mayoral by-election due to the unusual circumstances in which it is taking place.

Prior to former mayor Paul Pisasale's resignation Cr Paul Tully, now the acting mayor, was the deputy mayor.

If Cr Tully does not prevail on Saturday, no matter who is elected mayor, he will resume his duties as the Ipswich Deputy Mayor.

At the QT candidates forum on Thursday night Cr Andrew Antoniolli flagged either Cr Wayne Wendt or Cr David Morrison as his preferred deputy should he win on Saturday.

That is fair enough.

But should Cr Antoniolli prevail, Cr Tully will be the deputy mayor.

For Cr Tully to be removed from the role Cr Antoniolli, or another councillor, will have to move a motion declaring the deputy mayor's position vacant as revealed by Section 165 (3) of the Local Government Act.

The motion will need to be seconded and carried.

Section 165 (4) of the Act also makes it clear that there must be 14 days written notice given of such a resolution. Having spoken to several councillors, other than Cr Tully or Acting Deputy Mayor Cheryl Bromage, such a motion is unlikely to be carried. Cr Antoniolli does not have the numbers at this stage and, unless that changes, will not get the deputy mayor he wants.

In the US, vice-presidential candidates are selected by the presidential nominee. They are formally selected by the Democratic and Republican party at a nominating convention but in the last 75 years it has been the presidential nominee, apart from Adlai Stevenson in 1956, who has selected their running mate. …

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