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Public question time

Section 5.24 of the Local Government Act 1995 provides that members of the public are able to ask questions at council meetings and committee meetings that are open to the public.

Key Details

What you need
  • A questioner must provide their name and address.
  • Questions are requested to be submitted on the Public Question Time form and handed to the Chief Executive Officer prior to the commencement of the meeting or emailed to by 3pm for council and committee meetings.
  • Questions may also be asked verbally at a meeting.
Eligibility requirements
  • Questions must relate to the business of the council or the committee.
  • Questions must not take the form of a statement or a personal opinion.
  • Questions received prior to the meeting will be read aloud by the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Questions may be answered at the meeting or if necessary, the question may be ‘taken on notice’ and a written response provided to the questioner. The response is recorded in the next meeting agenda.
  • No discussion of the question or answer can take place at the meeting.
  • The presiding member may reject a question that is considered either offensive or reflects adversely upon the City, the council or an employee.
Applicable laws
Section 5.24 of the Local Government Act 1995

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