|RAJ PATEL, MACKENZIE|
CANDIDATE FOR DIVISION 5.
AWARD FOR "FEWEST VOTES PER MINUTE
OF IGNORANT DIATRIBE"
However despite the lodging deadline having passed weeks ago, a number of candidates for Cairns Regional Council have FAILED to lodge their financial disclosure notices as required.
These failures include:
Raj Patel (Division 5)
Gavin Vincent (Division 6)
Flora Pondrilei (Division 7)
Ellen Weber (Division 8)
Greg Fennell (Division 9)
Howie and Bronwyn Thomas (Division 9)
Of the Cairns (dis)Unity Team, only one councillor has lodged their disclosure - Richie Bates. However his notice is defective (as are many of them).
An inquiry made with the Unity Team got the response: "We filed a disclosure for the team - we don't need to file anything else".
This is incorrect.
The law clearly says "Candidates who benefit from funds controlled by other candidates are to disclose the benefit received". Team members had corflutes paid by the team - hence BOTH the team disclosure and the recipient MUST disclose on their return.
So the following additional disclosures are missing:
Brett Moller (Division 1)
John Schilling (Division 2)
Terry James (Division 4)
Max O'Halloran (Division 7)
Jessie Richardson (Division 8)
Raj Patel has made two separate defences on his failure to file. First he said he was "self-funded". Not an excuse, Raj. Then he said he had NO funding. Wrong again, Raj.
|PATEL HAS ATTACKED OTHER CANDIDATES|
FOR CAMPAIGN FINANCE IRREGULARITIES.
BUELLER? BUELLER? BUELLER???
The law clearly says that EVERYONE has to file a funding disclosure, even if it is a "Nil Return". So who paid for the corflutes, Raj? Mercifully, Raj has apparently gotten the message from the public's disinterest in his campaign and he's abandoned his blog and stopped posting on Facebook. Cairns residents breathe a sigh of relief.
Richie Bates and the other candidates who were sitting councillors are required to file returns that clearly encompass the period from THEIR FIRST ELECTION as a councillor to 30 days after this election. This is extremely important - have sitting councillors been getting money from the outside during their term? The public needs to know. EVEN FOR THE COUNCILLORS WHO FAILED, like Slippery Greg Fennell.
Time for the ECQ to send out infringement notices to these people, too. Not just the public.