Jenna Clarke The West Australian Friday, 17 May 2019 6:13PM
Subcontractors WA has lodged a complaint to Consumer Protection against its former chairwoman Louise Stewart, alleging she continued to act on behalf of the association following her resignation.
In the document, seen by The West Australian, the Subcontractors WA committee seeks external and official intervention for Ms Stewart to hand over financial documents, bank accounts, email access and cease acting on behalf of Subcontractors WA.
Ms Stewart is running as an independent candidate for the seat of Curtin in tomorrow’s Federal election.
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“Despite this unequivocal resignation of her position, Ms Stewart continued, and may still be continuing, to make representations to members, government officials and the public at large that she still represents the Association,” the complaint read.
“Ms Stewart also refuses to handover the Association’s property, documents and records, many of which she has sole possession or control over, including financial accounts and records.”
The committee has also appealed to have Ms Stewart’s election team stop using the committee’s Facebook account as a promotional platform for her election campaign.
“We couldn’t have expected this type of behaviour. She’s made the transition infinitely harder than it needed to be,” the new Subcontractors WA chairwoman Michelle Livesey-Giles told The West Australian.
“It is completely laughable. She has no legacy information to pass on or a need to continue to be involved now,” a Subcontractors WA member said.
This week the association circulated an update to its affiliates, who pay an annual membership fee of $198, addressing and apologising for the confusion.
“The transition and handover following Louise’s resignation is unfortunately being hampered by a failure to hand over key documents; an issue which is now being investigated by the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s Associations and Charities Division,” the statement read.
Ms Stewart resigned from Subcontractors WA to focus on her political campaign on February 21.
Ms Livesey-Giles, an engineer with a background in construction contractor contracts and not-for-profit sector, was appointed as chairperson on March 11.
She has been in touch with SubbiesUnited with a view to joining forces on a National level, we declined.