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Calls for Qld mayor's sacking grow louder

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작성자 Leanna 댓글 0건 조회 4회 작성일 22-06-30 12:53

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Separate petitions calling for the sacking of a Queensland mayor who admitted crashing her vehicle into a tree east of Brisbane after drinks at a work function have been signed by more than 6200 people.

Redlands Mayor Karen Williams - a campaigner against drink driving - concedes she had "several glasses of wine" prior to the crash.

Police are investigating the incident, however no charges have been laid.

The mayor continues to resist calls from constituents and state and federal politicians for her to resign.

Local mother Judy Lindsay, whose daughter Hayley was killed in a crash involving a drink-driver in 2009, has launched a petition on the Queensland parliament website calling for Ms Williams' dismissal.

More than 2600 people had signed it by Wednesday morning.

"Queensland residents draw to the attention of the House that the people of Redlands have lost confidence in the Mayor," the petition said.

"Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to call upon the Minister for Local Government to dismiss Redland City Council Mayor Karen Williams."

A second petition started on Change.Org calling for the mayor to resign or be sacked has so far attracted more than 3600 signatures.

AAP has sought comment from Ms Williams.

Redland council chief executive Andrew Chesterman says the council-owned vehicle involved in the Cleveland accident will be repaired.

"The mayor has advised that she will pay for damages to the vehicle if she is found to have been over the legal alcohol limit for driving," he said in a statement.

The crash happened last Thursday shortly after a gathering to thank staff following the handing down of the council's annual budget.

Mr Chesterman said the event was scheduled for one hour and approval was provided for three bottles of wine to be purchased in line with Council's Entertainment and Hospitality Policy.

There was also a small amount of alcohol and soft drink already on hand.

Hours before the crash Ms Williams had hosted an online meeting with Ms Lindsay and Lapak Satria two other families whose loved ones had been killed in accidents caused by drink-drivers.

She said the mayor then rang her in tears on Friday night to apologise.

"I just said I can't have any contact with you any more. You can't be doing the job you're doing. I trusted you and this is what you've done," Ms Lindsay told Nine's Today program on Monday.

Queensland Opposition Leader David Crisafulli said his Liberal National Party colleague should face consequences for her actions.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has refused to be drawn on the mayor's future.