Johnston denies acting violently towards fellow councillor

Suspended LNP councillor Nicole Johnston tonight strongly denied allegations she acted violently towards Cr Ian McKenzie, who sits beside her at Tuesday meetings in the council chamber. She said such claims were “unsubstantiated”.

Cr Johnston, who was suspended from the LNP in March for alleged gross disloyalty to her party, said she only learned late this morning that a formal letter of complaint had been made against her by Cr McKenzie.

“At this point I’ve only just found out about this complaint that’s been made against me,” she said.

“The Liberal National Party won’t give me a copy of the complaint. I’ve seen it but they won’t give me a copy.”

At this afternoon’s council meeting Cr Johnston requested an urgent motion be moved so she no longer had to sit next to Cr McKenzie in the interest of council’s occupational, health and safety requirements.

Her motion was lost 15-11.

Outside the chamber Cr Johnston maintained her innocence but said despite this latest disagreement she remained dedicated to the party.

“I’ve been a lifelong member of the Liberal Party and the Liberal National Party,” she said.

“I joined the party at 17. I’m very disappointed that this is all happening but I’m a loyal and active member of the party and certainly strongly dispute the allegations that have been made against me.”

The Tennyson ward councillor is due to face the LNP State Executive on Friday afternoon in relation to the matter.

There is speculation Cr Johnston could be expelled from the party for her second “code of conduct” complaint since being suspended.

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