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.

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Inquiry Practice Directions

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

Media releases

Inquiry into the City of Perth prepares for first public examinations

Jun 29, 2019
The Inquiry into the City of Perth is preparing for its first public examinations of witnesses, scheduled to commence in early August.

Inquiry Into the City of Perth Hearing

Nov 21, 2018
The Inquiry Into the City of Perth will be addressing serious concerns about the culture of the City of Perth, including the reported fractious relationship between elected members and the administration – and is now calling on the community to assist.

Inquiry into the City of Perth seeks submissions

Jun 29, 2018
The Minister for Local Government, the Hon. David Templeman MLA, following his suspension of the Perth City Council, announced the appointment of highly experienced Barrister Anthony (Tony) Power to conduct the formal Inquiry into the City of Perth.

About the Inquiry Panel

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.

The Inquiry will have the powers of a Royal Commission and the authority to make a recommendation on the dismissal or reinstatement of the suspended City of Perth council. In undertaking the Inquiry, Mr Power will investigate the operations and affairs of the City of Perth between October 1 2015 and March 1 2018 inclusive. Specifically, the Inquiry will consider if there was a failure to provide good government for the City of Perth community, the prospect of providing future good government and any necessary action to ensure ongoing good government.

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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.

Counsel Assisting Philip Urquhart

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.
Mr Philip Urquhart

Counsel Assisting Kate Ellson

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.
Counsel Assisting Kate Ellson

Counsel Assisting Cheyne Beetham

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.
Counsel Assisting Cheyne Beetham

Hearings schedule

The Inquiry into the City of Perth will be conducting public hearings commencing 5 August 2019. Details on the hearing dates and other important information is provided below.

Public hearings resume 26 August 2019.

Location

Hearing Room 2, Level 18, 111 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000.

Media room: Level 17.

The public examinations will be video recorded with the recordings and/or transcripts of proceedings placed on the website in due course. Note: hearings will not be live streamed to the website, as previously indicated.

Monday 5 August 2019

Hearing scheduled to commence at 10:00 am

Scheduled witness

  • Former Councillor Keith Yong

Tuesday 6 August 2019

Hearing scheduled to commence at 9:30 am

Scheduled witness

  • Former Councillor Keith Yong

Wednesday 7 August 2019

Hearing scheduled to commence at 10:30 am

Scheduled witnesses

  • Former Councillor Judith McEvoy
  • Councillor Jim Adamos

Thursday 8 August 2019

Hearing scheduled to commence at 9:00 am

Scheduled witnesses

  • Councillor Jim Adamos
  • Angie Yong
  • Lilly Yong

Friday 9 August 2019

Closed to the public. No public hearing.

Monday 12 August 2019

Hearing scheduled to commence at 10:00 am

Scheduled witnesses

  • Angie Yong
  • Lilly Yong
  • Councillor Lily Chen

Tuesday 13 August 2019

Hearing scheduled to commence at 10:00 am

Scheduled witness

  • Councillor Lily Chen

Wednesday 14 August 2019

Hearing scheduled to commence at 10:00 am

Scheduled witness

  • Councillor Lily Chen

Thursday 15 August 2019

Hearing scheduled to commence at 10:00 am

Scheduled witnesses

  • Mark Ridgwell, Manager Governance, City of Perth
  • Martin Copeman, Manager Parks, City of Perth
  • Barbara Moyser, Senior Employee Relations Advisor, City of Perth

Friday 16 August 2019

Hearing scheduled to commence at 10:00 am

Scheduled witness

  • Barbara Moyser, Senior Employee Relations Advisor, City of Perth

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

​Audio recording

Video recordings

 
 

Contact

​​​​​​​​​​​Inquiry Into the ​City of Perth​
Locked Bag 1, Cloisters Square PERTH WA 6850

Telephone 61 8 6160 1510

Email info@inquiryintocityofperth.wa.gov.au​

Page reviewed 06 August 2019