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COUNCILLOR CONDUCT ISSUES

Good governance depends in part on councillors and council officers having a good understanding of what they can and can’t do under the Local Government Act 1989.

This section looks at some of the areas where poor conduct may occur, including misuse of position and power, using information and resources inappropriately, and conflict of interest.

About conduct issues

Misuse of position not only impacts on good governance but can also be unlawful.

Individuals must assess if they have a conflict of interest and make the appropriate declaration.

Councillors do not have ‘parliamentary’ privilege.

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