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Former Melbourne councillor in court for role in unlawful nomination

Former Melbourne councillor Richard Foster faced court today after pleading guilty to aiding or abetting an unlawful nomination in the 2016 Melbourne Council elections.

Foster was an unsuccessful candidate in the elections held on 22 October 2016. The court recognised the seriousness of his offending and the harm to democracy and placed Foster on a 12-month good behaviour bond with no conviction. Prosecution legal costs were awarded in an amount to be determined.

Chief Municipal Inspector David Wolf said electoral rules are fundamental to the integrity of the democratic process and protect the community’s interests in councils elections.

“The Inspectorate considers actions to undermine the electoral laws very seriously. We acknowledge the plea of guilty and decision of the court,” Mr Wolf said.

Mr Foster’s co-accused, Brooke Wandin, was charged with making a false declaration and submitting the unlawful nomination and was placed on the diversion program on 6 June 2017.

Please note: the Chief Municipal Inspector will not be available for interview.

Media outlets with enquiries can contact:

Steve Pogonowski, Senior Communications Adviser
media.comms@lgici.vic.gov.au or 0437 541 972

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