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​​​Welcome to the Website​ for the Inquiry Into the City of Perth

The Inquiry Into the City of Perth was announced on 24 April 2018 by the Minister for Local Government David Templeman under section 8.16 of the Local Government Act 1995. Mr Tony Power was appointed to conduct the Inquiry and will investigate and report on the operations and affairs of the City of Perth. The Inquiry will have the powers of a Royal Commission and will discharge its role independently and objectively.

Inquiry Practice Directions

The Inquiry Practice Directions govern the conduct of the Inquiry into the City of Perth.

Practice Directions.pdf (278 KB)

Inquiry Into City of Perth Affidavit (318 KB)

Inquiry Into City of Perth Affidavit (44 KB)

Inquiry Into City of Perth application form (399 KB)

Inquiry Into City of Perth application form (39 KB)

Media release

Inquiry into the City of Perth prepares for first public examinations (PDF 103 KB) 27 June 2019

Inquiry Into the City of Perth Hearing media release (PDF 720 KB) 21 November 2018

Inquiry Into the City of Perth seeks submissions (PDF 56 KB) 28 June 2018

Public hearings schedule

Date: Monday 5 August to Friday 16 August
Time:10 am to 4 pm (subject to change)
Location: Hearing Room 2, Level 18, 111 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000.

Date: Monday 26 August to Friday 6 September
Time:10 am to 4 pm (subject to change)
Location: Hearing Room 2, Level 18, 111 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000.

Date: Monday 16 September to Friday 27 September
Time:10 am to 4 pm (subject to change)
Location: Hearing Room 2, Level 18, 111 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000.

Media room: Level 17.
The public examinations will be video recorded and streamed live.

November 2018 hearing

On 24 April 2018 the Minister for Local Government, using his powers under Section 8.16 of the Local Government Act 1995, appointed an Inquiry Panel (Inquiry) to inquire into, report on, and make recommendations in relation to the City of Perth, including whether the Council should be reinstated or dismissed.

A hearing took place on 21 November 2018 at which the Inquirer and Counsel Assisting will open the Inquiry to the public. The purpose of the opening was to ensure that members of the public are properly informed about the nature and extent of the Inquiry, its functions, progress and some of its likely directions. This opening preceded, among other things, a number of private examinations of various persons connected with the affairs of the City of Perth who are expected to be able to assist the Inquiry in comprehensively addressing its Terms of Reference​.


Opening submissions

Opening Submissions delivered by Counsel Assisting during the Inquiry Hearing.pdf (643 KB)

​Audio recording

Video recordings

 
 

Inquiry into the City of Perth transcript.pdf (199 KB)

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About the Inq​​uiry Panel

Portait of Mr Tony Power  

 

The single member Panel is Mr Tony Power, a senior and experienced barrister.  Mr Power has a broad practice and has worked in many areas of the law in almost all Courts and Tribunals, the Corruption and Crime Commission, Royal Commissions and as a mediator.  He has been an acting Judge of the District Court and is an adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame Australia and Murdoch University.​

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About Counsel Assisting

Mr Philip Urquhart, Ms Kate Ellson and Mr Cheyne Beetham commenced as Counsel Assisting the Inquiry in June 2019.

Ms Kim Lendich ceased as Counsel Assisting on 30 June 2019.  The Inquiry thanks her for her contribution to its work.

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Counsel Assisting Philip Urquhart practices as an independent barrister at Francis Burt Chambers and has specialised in criminal law for over 30 years.  In addition to criminal law, Mr Urquhart’s areas of practice include coronial inquests, appearances in the State Administrative Tribunal and other disciplinary tribunals.  He has appeared as counsel in all courts with criminal jurisdiction and has appeared as counsel assisting in the Coroner’s Court, the Corruption and Crime Commission and other government inquiries.  Mr Urquhart was Counsel Assisting in the 2012 St Andrews Katanning Hostel Inquiry.  He was most recently briefed as counsel assisting for the Inquest into the death of Ms Dhu and the 2017 Inquest into the deaths of thirteen children and young people in the Kimberley, which was the longest inquest ever held in WA.

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Counsel Assisting Kate Ellson has practised most recently as Counsel Assisting in the Coroner’s Court of Western Australia and has over 15 years’ experience as an advocate. Ms Ellson has appeared in Courts in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and New South Wales, having prosecuted criminal cases for the Directors of Public Prosecutions in each jurisdiction. She has significant experience with inquiry work and with statutory issues.

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Counsel Assisting Cheyne Beetham practises as an independent barrister at Francis Burt Chambers in the areas of commercial and public law.  Mr Beetham brings nine years’ experience, including the Federal Court and State Solicitor’s Office.  He has appeared as counsel in most courts in addition to Commission and Tribunal experience.