So why did John quit? Talk around town points to Ngp>

With the Spring Carnival Circus event coming to a close we are left to ponder why John So decided to not run for a third term? Surely if he stood he would have been elected? So why did he not stand again?

John is a likeable person, you can not help but smile and enjoy a conversation with him.

The answer to the question “Why did john not stand for a third term?” lies with Catherine Ng, John So’s lead candidate in 2001 and 2004.

Take a walk down China Town and you will see just how divided they are. Peter McMullin with the support of John So and Kevin Louey have been actively campaigning within the Chinese Community. McMullin’s poster’s are on display, but as is often the case in the Chinese community, the real decisions are made in quite on the street and in the Chinese community newspapers where Catherine Ng has not been doing so well. Peter McMullin/Keven Louey have been doing extremely well in China Town, just how well will not be known until the weekend when the ballot is counted

Talk around Town Hall has it that John could no longer work with Catherine Ng, which explains why John had not openly supported Catherine Ng’s bid to succeed him. Instead he has backed Peter McMullin and Gary Singer to be he replacement as Melbourne’s next Lord Mayor.

There is no doubt that many of the negative issues surrounding John So’s leadership are connected back to Catherine Ng. If this election is close as most expect it will be then it is the Chinese community that will decide which direction Melbourne will head.

The Melbourne Chinese community, which represents around 13% of the electorate, is divided.

The Chinese community is well aware of the fallout between John So and Catherine Ng. It is ear as daylight as John has not embraced Cathrine’s campaign. John So is reported and having said that he and his wife can not get on with Catherine. They no longer talk to each other. It would have been wrong for John and Catherine to be publicly seen to be at odds with each other. Rather then try and force her out John decided to not contest the next election.
Catherine Ng has been the subject of a number of complaints within the town hall of harassment and abuse staff. Catherine is on the nose with many from the Chinese community she can not count on the level of support that was given to John So.

If Catherine can manage to secure more votes then Peter McMullin then yes she has a chance of becoming Melbourne’s second Chinese born Lord Mayor. Catherine Ng is best placed in terms of the various preference deals that are on the table, she collects preferences from just about everyone, but I would not throw the IChing dice just yet.

So why did John quit? Talk around town points to Ngp>

With the Spring Carnival Circus event coming to a close we are left to ponder why John So decided to not run for a third term? Surely if he stood he would have been elected? So why did he not stand again?

John is a likeable person, you can not help but smile and enjoy a conversation with him.

The answer to the question “Why did john not stand for a third term?” lies with Catherine Ng, John So’s lead candidate in 2001 and 2004.

Take a walk down China Town and you will see just how divided they are. Peter McMullin with the support of John So and Kevin Louey have been actively campaigning within the Chinese Community. McMullin’s poster’s are on display, but as is often the case in the Chinese community, the real decisions are made in quite on the street and in the Chinese community newspapers where Catherine Ng has not been doing so well. Peter McMullin/Keven Louey have been doing extremely well in China Town, just how well will not be known until the weekend when the ballot is counted

Talk around Town Hall has it that John could no longer work with Catherine Ng, which explains why John had not openly supported Catherine Ng’s bid to succeed him. Instead he has backed Peter McMullin and Gary Singer to be he replacement as Melbourne’s next Lord Mayor.

There is no doubt that many of the negative issues surrounding John So’s leadership are connected back to Catherine Ng. If this election is close as most expect it will be then it is the Chinese community that will decide which direction Melbourne will head.

The Melbourne Chinese community, which represents around 13% of the electorate, is divided.

The Chinese community is well aware of the fallout between John So and Catherine Ng. It is ear as daylight as John has not embraced Cathrine’s campaign. John So is reported and having said that he and his wife can not get on with Catherine. They no longer talk to each other. It would have been wrong for John and Catherine to be publicly seen to be at odds with each other. Rather then try and force her out John decided to not contest the next election.
Catherine Ng has been the subject of a number of complaints within the town hall of harassment and abuse staff. Catherine is on the nose with many from the Chinese community she can not count on the level of support that was given to John So.

If Catherine can manage to secure more votes then Peter McMullin then yes she has a chance of becoming Melbourne’s second Chinese born Lord Mayor. Catherine Ng is best placed in terms of the various preference deals that are on the table, she collects preferences from just about everyone, but I would not throw the IChing dice just yet.

So why did John quit? Talk around town points to Ngp>

With the Spring Carnival Circus event coming to a close we are left to ponder why John So decided to not run for a third term? Surely if he stood he would have been elected? So why did he not stand again?

John is a likeable person, you can not help but smile and enjoy a conversation with him.

The answer to the question “Why did john not stand for a third term?” lies with Catherine Ng, John So’s lead candidate in 2001 and 2004.

Take a walk down China Town and you will see just how divided they are. Peter McMullin with the support of John So and Kevin Louey have been actively campaigning within the Chinese Community. McMullin’s poster’s are on display, but as is often the case in the Chinese community, the real decisions are made in quite on the street and in the Chinese community newspapers where Catherine Ng has not been doing so well. Peter McMullin/Keven Louey have been doing extremely well in China Town, just how well will not be known until the weekend when the ballot is counted

Talk around Town Hall has it that John could no longer work with Catherine Ng, which explains why John had not openly supported Catherine Ng’s bid to succeed him. Instead he has backed Peter McMullin and Gary Singer to be he replacement as Melbourne’s next Lord Mayor.

There is no doubt that many of the negative issues surrounding John So’s leadership are connected back to Catherine Ng. If this election is close as most expect it will be then it is the Chinese community that will decide which direction Melbourne will head.

The Melbourne Chinese community, which represents around 13% of the electorate, is divided.

The Chinese community is well aware of the fallout between John So and Catherine Ng. It is ear as daylight as John has not embraced Cathrine’s campaign. John So is reported and having said that he and his wife can not get on with Catherine. They no longer talk to each other. It would have been wrong for John and Catherine to be publicly seen to be at odds with each other. Rather then try and force her out John decided to not contest the next election.
Catherine Ng has been the subject of a number of complaints within the town hall of harassment and abuse staff. Catherine is on the nose with many from the Chinese community she can not count on the level of support that was given to John So.

If Catherine can manage to secure more votes then Peter McMullin then yes she has a chance of becoming Melbourne’s second Chinese born Lord Mayor. Catherine Ng is best placed in terms of the various preference deals that are on the table, she collects preferences from just about everyone, but I would not throw the IChing dice just yet.

Night Stalker Catherine Ng proposes city’s museums, galleries and churches open 24 x7

Melbourne City may soon have a 24 hour Art Gallery and City Museum if Catherine Ng has her way.

In a desperate move to attract attention

Catherine Ng who is chairwoman of the City Council’s planning committee has proposed that Melbourne Museum Art Galleys and Churches be open 24 hours a day so that Melbourne night life can benefit from the cultural and religious experiences. (Herald Sun) Cr. Ng failed to provide a costing for the proposal which came under criticism by other Candidates. Cr Peter McMullin, who is also chairman of the Melbourne Museum, said there Catherine Ng’s is in cloud cuckoo land, “there is no demand for a at night opening of the Museum” which is situated in the Carlton Gardens.

Meanwhile scare tactics have infiltrated Gary Singer’s campaign who came out and criticised proposed development of the Queen Victoria Market car park site. The QV site has long been the subject of proposed development and McMullins plan of action is not new but loNg over due. The Queen Victoria market was built on an early colonial settlement grave yard and if any development takes place any remains would be exhumed and reburied as was the case when the Market was first built.

Gary Singer like Catherine Ng are showing signs of desperation in promoting horror stories of “digging up dead” and their desire for more night life activity.

Could it be that Catherine Ng and Gary Singer are night crawlers and if so could be of great interest to Buffy?

Night Stalker Catherine Ng proposes city’s museums, galleries and churches open 24 x7

Melbourne City may soon have a 24 hour Art Gallery and City Museum if Catherine Ng has her way.

In a desperate move to attract attention

Catherine Ng who is chairwoman of the City Council’s planning committee has proposed that Melbourne Museum Art Galleys and Churches be open 24 hours a day so that Melbourne night life can benefit from the cultural and religious experiences. (Herald Sun) Cr. Ng failed to provide a costing for the proposal which came under criticism by other Candidates. Cr Peter McMullin, who is also chairman of the Melbourne Museum, said there Catherine Ng’s is in cloud cuckoo land, “there is no demand for a at night opening of the Museum” which is situated in the Carlton Gardens.

Meanwhile scare tactics have infiltrated Gary Singer’s campaign who came out and criticised proposed development of the Queen Victoria Market car park site. The QV site has long been the subject of proposed development and McMullins plan of action is not new but loNg over due. The Queen Victoria market was built on an early colonial settlement grave yard and if any development takes place any remains would be exhumed and reburied as was the case when the Market was first built.

Gary Singer like Catherine Ng are showing signs of desperation in promoting horror stories of “digging up dead” and their desire for more night life activity.

Could it be that Catherine Ng and Gary Singer are night crawlers and if so could be of great interest to Buffy?

Night Stalker Catherine Ng proposes city’s museums, galleries and churches open 24 x7

Melbourne City may soon have a 24 hour Art Gallery and City Museum if Catherine Ng has her way.

In a desperate move to attract attention

Catherine Ng who is chairwoman of the City Council’s planning committee has proposed that Melbourne Museum Art Galleys and Churches be open 24 hours a day so that Melbourne night life can benefit from the cultural and religious experiences. (Herald Sun) Cr. Ng failed to provide a costing for the proposal which came under criticism by other Candidates. Cr Peter McMullin, who is also chairman of the Melbourne Museum, said there Catherine Ng’s is in cloud cuckoo land, “there is no demand for a at night opening of the Museum” which is situated in the Carlton Gardens.

Meanwhile scare tactics have infiltrated Gary Singer’s campaign who came out and criticised proposed development of the Queen Victoria Market car park site. The QV site has long been the subject of proposed development and McMullins plan of action is not new but loNg over due. The Queen Victoria market was built on an early colonial settlement grave yard and if any development takes place any remains would be exhumed and reburied as was the case when the Market was first built.

Gary Singer like Catherine Ng are showing signs of desperation in promoting horror stories of “digging up dead” and their desire for more night life activity.

Could it be that Catherine Ng and Gary Singer are night crawlers and if so could be of great interest to Buffy?

Cyberwar or Hanke panky Catherine Ng ‘s “Children Overboard” scam

War of words and a free plug for Catherine Ng.

The Age newspaper published yesterday a free campaign plug for Catherine Ng who has falsely claimed that her opponents had initiated a google cyber attack against her site.

Catherine Ng’s claims are another example of the false and misleading statements of wrong doing that is being pumped out by her campaign director Ian Hanke – The Liberal Party “Spin doctor” who promoted the “Children Overboard” lie used to win votes for John Howard in 2004.

The Age, keen to promote Catherine Ng and cash in on the false and misleading statements, demonstrated an alarming lack of professionalism and bias in its reporting. If you look closely at the Google screen shot shown in the Age article you will notice on the right had side (slightly obscured) an ad placed by Gary Singer. The Age had deliberately sought to crop that out from the photo.

Catherine Ng’s spin masters tired to make our and imply that there was some of hanke panky going on in cyberspace. The only Hanke panky is coming from Catherine Ng herself. So desperate is Catherine Ng to seek headlines and attract media attention to her campaign that she has stooped to making false claims. There is nothing wrong or underhanded in a person buying advertising space on the Internet. in fact is is very much apart of the free market economy and a open democratic society.

Gary Singer, Catherine Ng’s running mate, admitted that he also had brought Google advertising space to promote for his campaign.

It should also be noted that both Ng and Singer also have placed ads using Google keywords.

Honesty overboard

Contrary to the statements published in the Age article hotlinks to Catherine Ng and Gary Singer’s web sites appear more regularly then they do for Peter McMullin who has been the target of envy, dirty ticks and lies by the Singer and Ng camps.

A simple Google search on the keyword “Lord Mayor” shows that all three candidates appear in the Google hot links page, proving that the statements made by both Ng and Singer that their ads only appear when you do a Google on their names are false.

False statements or deliberate lie published in The Age dirty tricks campaign?:

Cr Singer has an ad on Google. But like Cr Ng’s, his ad only appears when his name is typed.

Cyberwar or Hanke panky Catherine Ng ‘s "Children Overboard" scam

War of words and a free plug for Catherine Ng.

The Age newspaper published yesterday a free campaign plug for Catherine Ng who has falsely claimed that her opponents had initiated a google cyber attack against her site.

Catherine Ng’s claims are another example of the false and misleading statements of wrong doing that is being pumped out by her campaign director Ian Hanke – The Liberal Party “Spin doctor” who promoted the “Children Overboard” lie used to win votes for John Howard in 2004.

The Age, keen to promote Catherine Ng and cash in on the false and misleading statements, demonstrated an alarming lack of professionalism and bias in its reporting. If you look closely at the Google screen shot shown in the Age article you will notice on the right had side (slightly obscured) an ad placed by Gary Singer. The Age had deliberately sought to crop that out from the photo.

Catherine Ng’s spin masters tired to make our and imply that there was some of hanke panky going on in cyberspace. The only Hanke panky is coming from Catherine Ng herself. So desperate is Catherine Ng to seek headlines and attract media attention to her campaign that she has stooped to making false claims. There is nothing wrong or underhanded in a person buying advertising space on the Internet. in fact is is very much apart of the free market economy and a open democratic society.

Gary Singer, Catherine Ng’s running mate, admitted that he also had brought Google advertising space to promote for his campaign.

It should also be noted that both Ng and Singer also have placed ads using Google keywords.

Honesty overboard

Contrary to the statements published in the Age article hotlinks to Catherine Ng and Gary Singer’s web sites appear more regularly then they do for Peter McMullin who has been the target of envy, dirty ticks and lies by the Singer and Ng camps.

A simple Google search on the keyword “Lord Mayor” shows that all three candidates appear in the Google hot links page, proving that the statements made by both Ng and Singer that their ads only appear when you do a Google on their names are false.

False statements or deliberate lie published in The Age dirty tricks campaign?:

Cr Singer has an ad on Google. But like Cr Ng’s, his ad only appears when his name is typed.

Cyberwar or Hanke panky Catherine Ng ‘s “Children Overboard” scam

War of words and a free plug for Catherine Ng.

The Age newspaper published yesterday a free campaign plug for Catherine Ng who has falsely claimed that her opponents had initiated a google cyber attack against her site.

Catherine Ng’s claims are another example of the false and misleading statements of wrong doing that is being pumped out by her campaign director Ian Hanke – The Liberal Party “Spin doctor” who promoted the “Children Overboard” lie used to win votes for John Howard in 2004.

The Age, keen to promote Catherine Ng and cash in on the false and misleading statements, demonstrated an alarming lack of professionalism and bias in its reporting. If you look closely at the Google screen shot shown in the Age article you will notice on the right had side (slightly obscured) an ad placed by Gary Singer. The Age had deliberately sought to crop that out from the photo.

Catherine Ng’s spin masters tired to make our and imply that there was some of hanke panky going on in cyberspace. The only Hanke panky is coming from Catherine Ng herself. So desperate is Catherine Ng to seek headlines and attract media attention to her campaign that she has stooped to making false claims. There is nothing wrong or underhanded in a person buying advertising space on the Internet. in fact is is very much apart of the free market economy and a open democratic society.

Gary Singer, Catherine Ng’s running mate, admitted that he also had brought Google advertising space to promote for his campaign.

It should also be noted that both Ng and Singer also have placed ads using Google keywords.

Honesty overboard

Contrary to the statements published in the Age article hotlinks to Catherine Ng and Gary Singer’s web sites appear more regularly then they do for Peter McMullin who has been the target of envy, dirty ticks and lies by the Singer and Ng camps.

A simple Google search on the keyword “Lord Mayor” shows that all three candidates appear in the Google hot links page, proving that the statements made by both Ng and Singer that their ads only appear when you do a Google on their names are false.

False statements or deliberate lie published in The Age dirty tricks campaign?:

Cr Singer has an ad on Google. But like Cr Ng’s, his ad only appears when his name is typed.

Wu.. who is telling porkies Catherine Ng in denial

IN today’s Herald-Sun Live blog on the City Council Lord Mayors Race Catherine Ng (ng/Wu)claimed in response to a question on review of the City Council representative model

12:27 [Comment From Review denied]
You recently criticised the State Government for denying the City a voice? Why did you and John So oppose the City of Melbourne’s electoral system being subjected to a review? Where you trying to deny citizens a voice?

Catherine replied


12:29 I support a comprehensive review of the electoral system, structure, voting methods to ensure we have a fair representation on council. I am independent with no political agenda. I will represent the local community without favour nor fear.

Yet when the question of a review was before the City Council earlier this year she and her factional colleagues voted it down every time. Was she polly speaking and lying to the electorate? She most certainly provided a false and misleading answer to the question asked.

Many questions where not published and many go unanswered.

Wu.. who is telling porkies Catherine Ng in denial

IN today’s Herald-Sun Live blog on the City Council Lord Mayors Race Catherine Ng (ng/Wu)claimed in response to a question on review of the City Council representative model

12:27 [Comment From Review denied]
You recently criticised the State Government for denying the City a voice? Why did you and John So oppose the City of Melbourne’s electoral system being subjected to a review? Where you trying to deny citizens a voice?

Catherine replied


12:29 I support a comprehensive review of the electoral system, structure, voting methods to ensure we have a fair representation on council. I am independent with no political agenda. I will represent the local community without favour nor fear.

Yet when the question of a review was before the City Council earlier this year she and her factional colleagues voted it down every time. Was she polly speaking and lying to the electorate? She most certainly provided a false and misleading answer to the question asked.

Many questions where not published and many go unanswered.

Wu.. who is telling porkies Catherine Ng in denial

IN today’s Herald-Sun Live blog on the City Council Lord Mayors Race Catherine Ng (ng/Wu)claimed in response to a question on review of the City Council representative model

12:27 [Comment From Review denied]
You recently criticised the State Government for denying the City a voice? Why did you and John So oppose the City of Melbourne’s electoral system being subjected to a review? Where you trying to deny citizens a voice?

Catherine replied


12:29 I support a comprehensive review of the electoral system, structure, voting methods to ensure we have a fair representation on council. I am independent with no political agenda. I will represent the local community without favour nor fear.

Yet when the question of a review was before the City Council earlier this year she and her factional colleagues voted it down every time. Was she polly speaking and lying to the electorate? She most certainly provided a false and misleading answer to the question asked.

Many questions where not published and many go unanswered.

Catherine Ng Testimonial Payout

Melbourne City Councillor and Lord Mayor contestant, Catherine Ng, is subject to scrutiny by race Stewards for what could be false and misleading testimonials.

Catherine Ng without the knowledge and consent of those listed on her web site has published what she claims are “testimonial statements in support of her candidacy”.

The list of testimonials includes former ALP Councillors Lorna Hannan and Kate Redwood.

Lorna Hannan, was understood to be supporting Will Fowles’ bid for the keys to the Lord Mayor’s Limo. Which has brought into question Lorna’s statement of support for Catherine Ng. Is Lorna Hannan working against Will Fowles’ campaign or is Will, unknown to himself, a running mate and stooge for Catherine Ng? Has Will been set up to support Catherine’s bid of Lord Mayor? (Will Fowles’ registered preferences goes to McMullin, Morgan then to Doyle before Catherine – Editor.)

The Redwood and Ng “Sweet Heart deal” payout conspiracy

Kate Redwood, a part time opportunist ALP member and former City Councillor, has also “endorsed” Catherine Ng. Kate Redwood was Will Fowles’ Deputy Candidate until she was dumped in October 2008. Is her support for Ng an act of revenge?

Catherine Ng was at the centre of a “sweet heart deal” allegation in 2005 in which Kate Redwood was offered paid employment by the City of Melbourne Library Board. The position offered was considered by many as thanks and appreciation for Kate Redwood’s support for John So and Catherine Ng’s election back in 2004. The deal came unstruck then it was later discovered that the Victorian Local Government Act prohibits former Councillors from receiving paid employment by the City Council. The contract offered to Kate Redwood was illegal and had to be withdrawn. (What happened to the professional advice given by Alison Lyons, Council’s legal advisor at the time?) It is understood that the City Council subsequently paid Kate Redwood compensation of around $35,000 for what was an unenforceable illegal contract. The “Sweet Heart payout” was made behind closed doors in a confidential session. Questions are still outstanding as to the legality of the City Council’s compensation payout – an issue that would surely interest the Auditor General.

Questions of consent not given

Another person listed on Catherine’s web site is Trevor Huggard, former Lord Mayor of Melbourne. Trevor Huggard when contacted today said he not seen the statements attributed to him and denied supporting Catherine’s candidature for the Lord Mayor. Trevor was not aware of his name being used in her campaign and that he had not authorised any statement of endorsement. He was on the road at the time and said he would look into to the matter on his return to Melbourne.

This begs the question as to the sincerity and appropriate use and authorisation of the names listed on Catherine Ng testimonial page.

C Testimonials under review

“Competent and a voice of reason”
Trevor Huggard, former Lord Mayor of City of Melbourne

“As an elected Councillor I worked closely with Catherine 2001 – 2004, Catherine is ethical (sic), hardworking and well enabled to carry a shared vision for the city.”
Kate Redwood, former Councillor of City of Melbourne

“Catherine Ng has been a friend and colleague for more than a decade. Over her term on council, I have seen her bring her customary drive and enthusiasm to its work. She has earned support because she can be trusted to listen and to follow issues through.”
Lorna Hannan, former Councillor of City of Melbourne

Catherine Ng Testimonial Payout

Melbourne City Councillor and Lord Mayor contestant, Catherine Ng, is subject to scrutiny by race Stewards for what could be false and misleading testimonials.

Catherine Ng without the knowledge and consent of those listed on her web site has published what she claims are “testimonial statements in support of her candidacy”.

The list of testimonials includes former ALP Councillors Lorna Hannan and Kate Redwood.

Lorna Hannan, was understood to be supporting Will Fowles’ bid for the keys to the Lord Mayor’s Limo. Which has brought into question Lorna’s statement of support for Catherine Ng. Is Lorna Hannan working against Will Fowles’ campaign or is Will, unknown to himself, a running mate and stooge for Catherine Ng? Has Will been set up to support Catherine’s bid of Lord Mayor? (Will Fowles’ registered preferences goes to McMullin, Morgan then to Doyle before Catherine – Editor.)

The Redwood and Ng “Sweet Heart deal” payout conspiracy

Kate Redwood, a part time opportunist ALP member and former City Councillor, has also “endorsed” Catherine Ng. Kate Redwood was Will Fowles’ Deputy Candidate until she was dumped in October 2008. Is her support for Ng an act of revenge?

Catherine Ng was at the centre of a “sweet heart deal” allegation in 2005 in which Kate Redwood was offered paid employment by the City of Melbourne Library Board. The position offered was considered by many as thanks and appreciation for Kate Redwood’s support for John So and Catherine Ng’s election back in 2004. The deal came unstruck then it was later discovered that the Victorian Local Government Act prohibits former Councillors from receiving paid employment by the City Council. The contract offered to Kate Redwood was illegal and had to be withdrawn. (What happened to the professional advice given by Alison Lyons, Council’s legal advisor at the time?) It is understood that the City Council subsequently paid Kate Redwood compensation of around $35,000 for what was an unenforceable illegal contract. The “Sweet Heart payout” was made behind closed doors in a confidential session. Questions are still outstanding as to the legality of the City Council’s compensation payout – an issue that would surely interest the Auditor General.

Questions of consent not given

Another person listed on Catherine’s web site is Trevor Huggard, former Lord Mayor of Melbourne. Trevor Huggard when contacted today said he not seen the statements attributed to him and denied supporting Catherine’s candidature for the Lord Mayor. Trevor was not aware of his name being used in her campaign and that he had not authorised any statement of endorsement. He was on the road at the time and said he would look into to the matter on his return to Melbourne.

This begs the question as to the sincerity and appropriate use and authorisation of the names listed on Catherine Ng testimonial page.

C Testimonials under review

“Competent and a voice of reason”
Trevor Huggard, former Lord Mayor of City of Melbourne

“As an elected Councillor I worked closely with Catherine 2001 – 2004, Catherine is ethical (sic), hardworking and well enabled to carry a shared vision for the city.”
Kate Redwood, former Councillor of City of Melbourne

“Catherine Ng has been a friend and colleague for more than a decade. Over her term on council, I have seen her bring her customary drive and enthusiasm to its work. She has earned support because she can be trusted to listen and to follow issues through.”
Lorna Hannan, former Councillor of City of Melbourne

Catherine Ng Testimonial Payout

Melbourne City Councillor and Lord Mayor contestant, Catherine Ng, is subject to scrutiny by race Stewards for what could be false and misleading testimonials.

Catherine Ng without the knowledge and consent of those listed on her web site has published what she claims are “testimonial statements in support of her candidacy”.

The list of testimonials includes former ALP Councillors Lorna Hannan and Kate Redwood.

Lorna Hannan, was understood to be supporting Will Fowles’ bid for the keys to the Lord Mayor’s Limo. Which has brought into question Lorna’s statement of support for Catherine Ng. Is Lorna Hannan working against Will Fowles’ campaign or is Will, unknown to himself, a running mate and stooge for Catherine Ng? Has Will been set up to support Catherine’s bid of Lord Mayor? (Will Fowles’ registered preferences goes to McMullin, Morgan then to Doyle before Catherine – Editor.)

The Redwood and Ng “Sweet Heart deal” payout conspiracy

Kate Redwood, a part time opportunist ALP member and former City Councillor, has also “endorsed” Catherine Ng. Kate Redwood was Will Fowles’ Deputy Candidate until she was dumped in October 2008. Is her support for Ng an act of revenge?

Catherine Ng was at the centre of a “sweet heart deal” allegation in 2005 in which Kate Redwood was offered paid employment by the City of Melbourne Library Board. The position offered was considered by many as thanks and appreciation for Kate Redwood’s support for John So and Catherine Ng’s election back in 2004. The deal came unstruck then it was later discovered that the Victorian Local Government Act prohibits former Councillors from receiving paid employment by the City Council. The contract offered to Kate Redwood was illegal and had to be withdrawn. (What happened to the professional advice given by Alison Lyons, Council’s legal advisor at the time?) It is understood that the City Council subsequently paid Kate Redwood compensation of around $35,000 for what was an unenforceable illegal contract. The “Sweet Heart payout” was made behind closed doors in a confidential session. Questions are still outstanding as to the legality of the City Council’s compensation payout – an issue that would surely interest the Auditor General.

Questions of consent not given

Another person listed on Catherine’s web site is Trevor Huggard, former Lord Mayor of Melbourne. Trevor Huggard when contacted today said he not seen the statements attributed to him and denied supporting Catherine’s candidature for the Lord Mayor. Trevor was not aware of his name being used in her campaign and that he had not authorised any statement of endorsement. He was on the road at the time and said he would look into to the matter on his return to Melbourne.

This begs the question as to the sincerity and appropriate use and authorisation of the names listed on Catherine Ng testimonial page.

C Testimonials under review

“Competent and a voice of reason”
Trevor Huggard, former Lord Mayor of City of Melbourne

“As an elected Councillor I worked closely with Catherine 2001 – 2004, Catherine is ethical (sic), hardworking and well enabled to carry a shared vision for the city.”
Kate Redwood, former Councillor of City of Melbourne

“Catherine Ng has been a friend and colleague for more than a decade. Over her term on council, I have seen her bring her customary drive and enthusiasm to its work. She has earned support because she can be trusted to listen and to follow issues through.”
Lorna Hannan, former Councillor of City of Melbourne