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Mayor of Darwin ‘within his technical rights’ to sidestep democracy, but questions linger over secret information


In the heated moments after the Mayor of Darwin deferred a decision on a proposal for one of the most sought after spots on The Esplanade he was widely criticised as treading dangerously close to authoritarianism, but a CDU scholar says he was “probably within his rights”.

Charles Darwin University fellow-in-law John Garrick said the significant public issue required the full scope of democratic process but added the new information at play so late in the game provided a layer of complexity.

He said revelations a vote did not take place on a Mayoral Minute introduced by Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis at the last council meeting might “appear to fly in the face of democratic process”.

But if carried out, it would have…



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