Graham Burkett’s decision to resign as a councillor of the Cambridge Town Council was the appropriate action to take, Local Government Minister John Bowler said today.
“I said earlier today that while I did not have the power to compel him to stand down I believed that would be the right thing to do,” he said.
Mr Bowler was commenting after Mr Burkett’s evidence to the Crime and Corruption Commission yesterday that he had accepted $10,000 from a developer, Transcontinental Investments, but failed to declare an interest in the company.
“This is not the behaviour we expect from our elected members and for that reason I urged him to resign,” he said.
“It is important we maintain local government’s image in the wider community in the lead up to the May 7 elections.”
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