Labor has accused the Berejiklian Government of doing nothing to stop the influence of developers on local councils – after the publication of an Inquiry today into Auburn Council.

Labor Opposition Leader Luke Foley says it allows the Auburn Council disease to return on a bigger stage,  not just in Auburn but in suburbs such as Granville, Merrylands and Wentworthville,  which are now part of the new Cumberland Council.

Mr. Foley has challenged Premier Berejiklian  to expel Ronney Oueik from the Liberal Party. Mr. Oueik and his allies are free to return at this September’s elections –without any caps on their spending.

The Government has failed to legislate to prohibit property developers from sitting as councilors. Developers and real estate agents have no place in local government – which makes decisions on behalf of the community.

The Liberal State Government has also failed to introduce caps on spending at local government elections – meaning cashed up candidates can spend up big to capture control of local councils.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

These rogues can run again and gain control of a new and bigger council – without any spending caps in place.

‘This report into Auburn council is, predictably and sadly, weak.  Instead of high noon for these characters, it’s allowed them to walk away.

‘This Government has allowed the Auburn Council disease to return and spread – for residents in Auburn, in Granville, Merrylands and Wentworthville.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Local Government Peter Primrose

The sooner we ban the developers and real estate agents from holding civic office, the sooner the stench clears.

‘We’ll stop this corruption at source – and our legislation will make it very clear it is a serious offence to allow them to have influence, or provide funds illegally.”