John So and his team have been accused of smugness and exclusiveness.
Sources in the Council Governance department have said there is growing dissatisfaction amongst the non-So councillors, who feel they are being shut out of the decision making process, with John So and his team voting in a block to exclude any outside input. "They are being divisive and if this keeps up we will not hold pre-council meetings instead preferring to raise issues in open council " one Councillor was reported as saying.
The main culprits and most of the criticism has been leveled at Crs. Singer and Jetter. Both who have no real idea as to why they are there.
Cr Singer was recently found guilty of professional misconduct and fined by the Law Institute for withholding funds. He was reported as having complained the first day in office at his low rate of pay ($45,000 per year) plus benefits - a free car with petrol paid for, free city parking, free meals, free secretarial support, free mobile phone, free fax, free internet, free holidays overseas and interstate and free theatre tickets for him and his boy friend, all benefit-tax free. What's he complaining about? He knew the deal when he took on the position. There are many more Councillors out there working harder and getting much less, so we don't think anyone will be championing his cause.
We think it would be good for Melbourne if the issues under consideration were out in the open and Councillors debated the merits of their proposals for all to see - Open and Transparent Government
If they are going to continue to shut out the other Councillors then bring it on.