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TWO Gawler Council
mayoral candidates have
issued complaints against
each other to the South
Australian Electoral Com-
Sitting councillor Karen
Redman instigated her com-
plaint about John Bolton on
Friday, with the local lawyer
and mayoral contender is-
suing his counter-complaint
The nature of Mrs Redman's
complaint relates to a cartoon
circulated by Mr Bolton,
featuring Councillor Adrian
Shackley as her puppet mas-
ter, along with the content
of an interview between Mr
Bolton and The Bunyip which
the mayoral candidate posted
via YouTube on his Facebook
page, but which had not yet
been published by the news-
In the interview, Mr Bolton
questioned Mrs Redman's
claims of political indepen-
dence and said she had been
campaigning with a fellow
councillor with Australian La-
bor Party connections.
"I'm done with the mis-
information being spread
about my campaign and as-
sertions that I cannot make
my own decisions," Mrs
"That's completely incor-
rect and I felt it was time to
do something about that and
I thought the way to do that
was through the process by
which I'm able to do that with
the electoral commission."
Mrs Redman said her cam-
paign had been run entirely
independently, with support
from family and friends and
without the help of the ALP,
as Mr Bolton claimed.
"I'm independent and not a
member of any party and Mr
Bolton has been making state-
ments to the contrary and I
would like to see the evidence
-- there is none," Mrs Redman
Mr Bolton said he stands by
his remarks and has issued his
own complaint against Mrs
Redman, on the grounds that
her allegations are preventing
him from conducting his own
"I say that she has been part
of the 'Gang of Four', that
she has been working with
councillors Shackley, (David)
Hughes and (Paul) Koch con-
sistently to pursue a socialist
left agenda and that people
who are in this town are fed
up with it," Mr Bolton said.
To defend his comments
Mr Bolton pointed to Gawler
Council minutes, which he
claims show Mrs Redman
consistently voting in a block
with the councillors, all of
whom are seeking re-election
at the current election.
South Australian Electoral
Commissioner Kay Mousley
confirmed both Mrs Redman's
and Mr Bolton's complaints
have been received.
The commission last week
sought evidence from Mrs
Redman to support her com-
plaint, which has also been
"We're considering the mat-
ter and we'll respond to her
in due course," Ms Mousley
She said if a breach had oc-
curred there was a range of
actions that could be taken,
including an order to with-
draw the materials and issue a
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LOCAL residents are reminded
that voting in local government
elections officially closes next
Friday, November 7.
Gawler Council has three candidates
running for Mayor -- John Bolton, Kar-
en Redman and Peter Graham -- all of
whom have been on the campaign trail
in an attempt to win crucial votes.
Gawler has 25 candidates running
for 10 councillor positions on council.
Light Regional Council also has
three candidates running for Mayor
-- Bill O'Brien, Robert Hornsey and
Steve Watson, while at Mallala Council
two candidates -- Duncan Kennington
and Tony Flaherty, will go head to head
in the race for mayor.
In the Barossa Council, Bob Sloane
was elected unopposed as mayor.
For more information about the lo-
cal government elections, visit your
Time running out to vote
ELECTORAL Commission SA has been
inundated with complaints in the build-
up to the local government election,
with Gawler Council mayoral candidates
adding to the pile.
Councillor and mayoral candidate Karen
Redman last week lodged a complaint with
the commission against fellow candidate John
Bolton, who hit back with a complaint of his
The two cases are among a growing number
of complaints lodged with the commission
this election period.
South Australian Electoral Commissioner
Kay Mousley said, while the department did
not have figures, she believed the number of
complaints has doubled from the last election
"And we've still got another week and a bit...
to go," she said.
"We know we've received a significant num-
ber of complaints this election and they vary
dramatically from matter to matter.
"Some are potential breaches of the local
government elections act and some are not --
they don't like what's been said, they don't like
the terms of reference, there's a whole range of
issues this time around."
Ms Mousley said commission staff were
unsure of what had prompted this surge but
increased take-up of online resources has been
among the theories.
-- Natalie Vikhrov
Some are potential
breaches of the local government
elections act and some are not
-- they don't like what's been
said, they don't like the terms of
reference, there's a whole range of
issues this time around.
Election storm strikes
I'm done with
being spread about my
campaign and assertions
that I cannot make my
Emergency services reform proposal
EMERGENCY Services Minister
Tony Piccolo has announced the next
phase of the proposed emergency re-
A business case and a proposed model
will be developed by a new project team,
working groups and a reference group
and presented to government before the
end of the year.
Mr Piccolo has been undertaking con-
sultation on the emergency service re-
forms, which propose the Country Fire
Service, Metropolitan Fire Service and
State Emergency Services be merged into
one departmental structure while con-
tinuing to operate separately.
He said nearly 150 submissions on the
proposed changes have been received.
As The Bunyip reported last week, lo-
cal CFS group officers have launched a
campaign against the proposed reforms.
Mr Piccolo is expected to start another
regional tour to conduct further con-
sultation on the reforms in the coming
PAGES 12 & 13
The following comments are among those that
prompted Karen Redman's complaint against
They were taken from an interview conducted
by The Bunyip's editor Rob McLean and posted
on Facebook by Mr Bolton.
• " I think Peter Graham is right about Karen
Redman being supported by the Labor Party."
• " ...she's been part of the 'Gang of Four' of
Labor socialists in the Gawler Council for the
past four years."
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