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OIA confirms investigation of Gold Coast Mayor

24 January 2020

The Office of the Independent Assessor (OIA) is investigating alleged misconduct by the Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate as outlined in the Crime and Corruption Commission’s (CCC) report, Operation Yabber: An investigation into allegations relating to the Gold Coast City Council.

Mayor Tate’s alleged conflicts of interest are currently being examined by OIA investigators.

The following matters have been referred to the OIA legal team to prepare them for a statutory natural justice process:

  • Allegations relating to donations made by Mayor Tate which exceeded policy limits;
  • Allegations relating to certain expenses incurred by Mayor Tate;
  • Mayor Tate’s alleged interference in a council disciplinary process relating to the failure of his Chief of Staff to comply with council register of interest requirements.

The natural justice process allows councillors to respond to an allegation and say why a matter should not be referred to the Councillor Conduct Tribunal to be dealt with.

Mayor Tate’s alleged failure to record his interest in the racehorse, Go Gold Coast, has already gone through this process and the matter was referred to the Councillor Conduct Tribunal on 5 December 2019.

It is awaiting listing before the tribunal which will determine whether the alleged misconduct is made out and if so, what sanction should apply.

Given the volume of councillor conduct matters with the OIA, the matters regarding Mayor Tate are likely to take some months to finalise.

Generally, the OIA does not comment on investigations that may or may not be underway unless they have already been made public, which is the case with the current allegations against Mayor Tate.

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Last updated: 24 Jan 2020