Building Heights Bullying
Spotlight on Zucco conduct
Click 'Here' to read the Mercury article dated 15/08/2020.
In this article, Ald Zucco is quoted: "The council must review its policy on racism.” Ald Zucco provided the Code of Conduct Panel with a definition of 'racism' and 'fascism'. The Panel, using his definition, found that he had been 'racist and fascist' and that neither HnH nor Brian Corr had been.
In the online version of the article, Ald Zucco is quoted: “As this matter is in the hands of lawyers, there is nothing more I can say at this point in time.” From submissions made by Ald Zucco to the Code of Conduct Panel, it is obvious that he got extensive legal advice (cost?). This would have resulted in the Code of Conduct Panel (3 members + secretariat) spending many hours working on this complaint (cost?). Now he's talking about more costs. Will all of these costs be made available to the public?
Click 'Here' to read the Code of Conduct Panel's full determination (with our highlights), in particular the highlighted sections of pages 17, 18, & 19.
The Code of Conduct Panel has determined that:
- “Ald Zucco bullied and harassed Mr. Corr” (page 19 para 2)
- “Ald Zucco repeatedly, unfairly, and unfoundedly referred to Mr Corr or Mr Corr’s actions or the group which Mr Corr leads as ‘racist’ or ‘fascist’.” (p18 2nd last para).
- ... Ald Zucco has several times been unfair, has caused offence or embarrassment to a person or both, has harassed a member of the public by repeated public attacks on him, and has failed to show respect to a number of people including Mr Corr in his pronouncements.” (page 19 para 4)
- “the Panel can only conclude that he [Ald Zucco] did so with the intention of causing a deleterious effect on Mr Corr and to cause others not to consider any of the arguments of Hobart Not Highrise or Mr Corr ...” (page 19 para 1)
- “the Panel finds that in the ten incidents cited in the complaint, Ald Zucco has several times been unfair, has caused offence or embarrassment to a person or both, has harassed a member of the public by repeated public attacks on him, and has failed to show respect to a number of people including Mr Corr in his pronouncements. Some of his actions had the potential to reflect adversely on the reputation of Hobart City Council.” (page 19 para 4)
Bring Building Heights back to Council
Consider the timeline of events:
- 8th July 2019: The 'Welcome Stranger' application came to Council. This was during the 'Poll of Electors' where 13,950 City of Hobart electors (a significant turnout, according to the Electoral Commissioner) voted to “support the building height limits and other recommendations made by its planning officers”.
- 22nd July 2019: The poll results were received by Council.
- 19th August 2019: The building height recommendations came to Council, and were voted down by the slimmest margin 6 to 5. Clearly, the campaign of bullying and harassment by Ald Zucco had an influence on this decision, be it perceived or actual.
Given this timing of events, it is reasonable to claim that Ald Zucco's campaign had an affect on the 'building heights' vote on the 19th August 2019, whether that be perceived or actual. For this reason, the item should now be brought back to Council to restore the public's confidence in the Council's decision-making process.