@ “Elle” and “Brett”: A definitive statement about whether or …

Comment on Jacinta Price reneges on council undertaking by Erwin Chlanda.

@ “Elle” and “Brett”: A definitive statement about whether or not, in the NT, someone can be a councillor and a member of a parliament is not available. The requirements are different in every state.
So far as I can find out, it’s never happened in Alice Springs where local government started in 1971.
When former councillor Chansey Paech stood for the Legislative Assembly he was told – as are all others in a similar position – obtain his own legal advice.
This is what the NT Local Government Act – Section 39(6) – says:
If (a) a member resigns in order to stand as a candidate for election to the Legislative Assembly or the Commonwealth House of Representatives or the Senate; and
(b) the resignation takes effect not more than 28 days before the close of nominations for the relevant election; and
(c) the former member is not elected, and applies to the CEO to be reinstated as a member of the council within 7 days after the result of the election is known; the former member is reinstated as a member of the council.
The position seems to be this: A council member resigns to contest a parliamentary election. The resignation can be reversed if he or she does not win the parliamentary seat.
But if he or she does win that seat, it seems clear that the resignation from council stands.
In any case the intentions of Cr Price last year were perfectly clear. This is how we reported them: “In response to a question from the Alice Springs News Online, Cr Price quashed rumours that she has political ambitions other than the town council, and may resign before the end of the term.
“She said: ‘I am absolutely committed to serving Alice Springs on Council for at least the next four years. There is much work to be done and I look forward to it.’”
Erwin Chlanda, Editor

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