Did His Excellency Dr Ken Michael AC - the Governor of Western Australia, as the then Chief Commissioner of the City of Albany write a letter to the Albany Chamber of Commerce & Industry in response to Smithson Planning’s Rainbow 2000© Project purporting that the City of Albany was preparing a new Town Planning Scheme which would be the only plan to have lawful authority and purpose in relation to future development in the City and Region? And in breach of the legislation under Ministers Kierath, MacTiernan & Day, Albany’s new Local Planning Scheme #1 was finally gazetted on 28 April 2014 - three days after Anzac Day. Why?
Did His Excellency Dr Ken Michael AC - the Governor of Western Australia, as the then Chief Commissioner of the City of Albany, with or without the agreement of Commissioners Rex Edmondson and Will McGowan, decline to be briefed on the Rainbow 2000© Project? Why? Did Council act with prior knowledge of the Agribusiness MIS?
Did certain officers at the City of Albany refer planning documentation submitted by an applicant to that applicant’s commercial competition without lawful purpose and reason so as to create a detriment to that applicant?
Did His Excellency Dr Ken Michael AC - the Governor of Western Australia, as the then Chief Commissioner of the City of Albany act to notify the then Anti-Corruption Commission in relation to allegations pertaining to the activities of Council officers? That question also applies to Commissioners Rex Edmondson and Will McGowan, and the interim Chief Executive Officer Jim Kelly? Was any investigation subsequently undertaken by the City of Albany, and did any disciplinary action arise in relation to the actions of those officers? In effect, did Council act to protect its planning officers and the planning process from inquiry?
Did Her Worship the Mayor of Albany Alison Goode agree immediately after election in 1999 to a presentation of the Rainbow 2000© Project to Councillors — and then subsequently renege? Why?
Did the Councillors of the City of Albany ever officially consider the Rainbow 2000© Project — or did Chief Executive Officer Andrew Hammond unilaterally act to extinguish any consideration of the alternative private regional / local planning strategy?
What did the Hon. Wilson Tuckey MHR, Minister for Forestry & Conservation think of the Rainbow 2000© Project?
What did the Hon. Tony Abbott MHR, Minister for Employment Services think of the Rainbow 2000© Project?
Did the Councillors of the City of Albany ever officially consider the Rainbow 2000© Project as a recommendation of the Town Planning Advisory Committee — or did the Executive Director Development Services and the Council delegate authority to the Manager of Check-out Chicks at Coles to determine the future of the region and its major infrastructure assets?
What did the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan MLA, Minister for Planning & Infrastructure think of the Rainbow 2000© Project?
What did Brad Williamson, the new CEO Albany Port Authority think of the Rainbow 2000© Project?
What did Jeremy Dawkins, Chairman of the Western Australian Planning Commission think of the Rainbow 2000© Project?
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What did the Great Southern Zone of the WA Local Government Association think of the Rainbow 2000© Project?
Following the demise of the Anti-Corruption Commission, what was the response of the new Corruption & Crime Commission in 2004 to the official referral of the corruption allegations?, and did a then Albany City Councillor independently refer those same allegations to the Corruption & Crime Commission? To what end?
Following an inadequate response from the CCC, what did the Office of the Western Australian Ombudsman have to say?
Were the Hon. Geoff Gallop MLA, Premier of Western Australia, the Hon. Colin Barnett MLA, then Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Alan Carpenter MLA, subsequent Premier of Western Australia and Mr Mal Wauchope, Director-General Dept Premier & Cabinet (now Public Sector Commissioner) all cognizant of the allegations surrounding the City of Albany in 2005? Why would a second term Premier resign from Office with depression immediately after re-election? What would the future Premier of Western Australia do after 2008?
What were the Commonwealth thinking — aren’t Trade, Transport, Regional Development, Local Government, Defence, Veterans’ Affairs, Agriculture, Forestry, Heritage, Education, Health, Indigenous Affairs and Employment all federal portfolios?
Where as two Premiers and a Parliamentary Secretary for Planning & Infrastructure had all acknowledged that a comprehensive technical and financial evaluation of the Rainbow 2000© Project had taken place — could it be that the Office of the Information Commissioner would find that after eight years of communication, no such documents could be found or do not exist?
Would it make any difference if the new premier was a home bred boy from Albany? And former journalist with the Albany Advertiser, the West Australian and then the Australian Broadcasting Corporation? What did happen in Mumbai, India?
What did the Australian Labor Party think about the Rainbow 2000© Project?
What was the response from the CCC Review undertaken in 2007?, and was the matter referred to the CCC Parliamentary Inspector?
Did the Hon. Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia agree to a presentation of the Rainbow 2000© Project — and then subsequently renege? Why did the Premier’s Chief of Staff Deidre Willmott subsequently resign from that office?
Would the Hon. Alan Griffin MHR, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs sell out the Albany Anzac 2014 re-enactment legend?
What was the reaction and response from the City of Albany to these questions?
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