Victorian government to sack colourful Geelong mayor

The Victorian government has opened up a debate about local democracy, announcing it has “no choice” but to sack Geelong’s directly elected mayor Darryn Lyons and its council.

Minister for Local Government Natalie Hutchins will today seek the dismissal of the City of Greater Geelong council until the 2020 local elections for “failure to provide good governance”.

It follows an independent commission of inquiry headed by former Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Terry Moran, which reportedly recommended the council be sacked. The commission’s report is expected to be tabled in parliament around 1pm.

But the ouster is not a done deal. Hutchins will today introduce legislation to dissolve the council, but the lack of a government majority in the state’s upper house means there could be problems passing the bill.

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