Vic Ombudsman slams culture of denial

By Rob O'Brien Local government continues to represent the largest number of complaints made to the Victorian Ombudsman, according to a report tabled in Parliament today. In his 2010 annual report the Ombudsman, George Brouwer, revealed that his office had received 2,933 complaints from local government this year. According to the report, issues raised included poor […]

Former Ballarat CEO deprived of ‘natural justice’: Ombudsman

By Rob O'Brien Local Government Victoria failed to provide natural justice to a council CEO and a consultant from the City of Ballarat by neglecting to interview them in a 2008 investigation, according to a report by the Victorian Ombudsman.  The Victorian Ombudsman, George Brouwer, was critical of the way the report by the Inspectors of Municipal […]

Ombudsman slams procurement practices at City of Port Phillip

By Rob O’Brien    Procurement practices at the City of Port Phillip have been heavily criticised in a report by the Victorian Ombudsman tabled in the State parliament today. In a damning report Ombudsman George Brouwer found procurement at the City of Port Phillip was mismanaged with a chronic lack of oversight and governance. In […]


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