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Onkaparinga Council CEO Mark Dowd said in a statement that motion for an independent enquiry was raised via Councillor [Bill] Jamieson's notice of motion on February 20 this year "which was amended on the night, as suggested by me, to include the Ombudsman as a relevant agency"."As a consequence of council passing this motion, I sought permission from the Ombudsman to advise the elected members regarding the investigation that was being undertaken by his office," Mr Dowd said."The Ombudsman provided that authority and I made all elected members aware of the Ombudsman's enquiry via confidential email on 27 February."The Ombudsman's authorisation made it clear this information could only be provided to elected members and could not be made public."It is clear that the Ombudsman is conducting the same enquiries which would be undertaken as part of an independent enquiry called for by the resolution of the council ..."He said the council would continue to provide the Ombudsman with the information requested.
The commissioner also launched a separate investigation into Safe Work after it dropped charges over a fatal Royal Show ride accident that claimed the life of an eight-year-old girl.
But in a rare public statement, Ombudsman Wayne Lines confirmed his agency was investigating the use of credit cards by council."However, having regard to the community's interest in the corporate credit card expenditure of the City of Onkaparinga, I consider that it is in the public interest to confirm that I am investigating the matter."At the conclusion of my investigation, I will give consideration as to whether it is in the public interest to publish my report."In a separate public statement, Mr Lines cleared the Onkaparinga Council and its CEO Mark Dowd of misconduct and maladministration over an overhaul of the council's information and communication technology systems.
The Ombudsman was acting on a complaint made to ICAC, alleging that councillors had been encouraged to select a particular vendor of ICT products without a competitive tender process.
He said it did not appear that Mr Dowd had personal ties to the vendor company.
Meanwhile, the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, Bruce Lander, has confirmed he'll hold a public hearing next Friday as he begins an evaluation of the South Australian Government's workplace safety watchdog, Safe Work SA.