Carla McGrath removed as Press Council member

APC - Australian Press Council
MEDIA RELEASE | 31 August 2018
Press Council removes Carla McGrath as member
 
The Australian Press Council has removed Carla McGrath as a public member because her position as Deputy Chair of GetUp! is incompatible with her continued role as a public member of the Council.
At its meeting in May, the Australian Press Council resolved that Ms McGrath’s position at GetUp! created an ongoing and irreconcilable conflict of interest with her role on the Press Council. As Ms McGrath chose not to resign either from the Press Council or as an officer of GetUp!, the Council further resolved to take steps in accordance with its Constitution to remove her as a public member.
This action was concluded today at a General Meeting of the Press Council.
“I believe this is the best outcome in a very difficult situation,” said Chair Neville Stevens. “Carla McGrath, as a respected member of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, would have brought an important perspective to the work of the Council. While the Council is committed to increasing diversity among its members, there is an overriding need for it to be independent and to be seen to be independent.”
Under the Press Council’s Constitution, any resolution to remove a public member before the expiration of their term must be passed by at least 75 per cent of members present at such a meeting. Details of the actual vote numbers, or how individual members voted, are never made public.
For more information, contact Michael Rose, the Press Council's Director of Research and Communications, on 0451 978 276 or by email: [email protected].
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