Councillor for Cambridge Rod Bradley appeared to become furious after the group was asked to discuss the payment of an invoice at the end of the four-hour long video call with other councillors.
“I just think that I’m a busy person, I’ve got a lot of commitments in my life and then you spring this on me at half-past-five in the afternoon before a six o’clock council meeting. I think that’s grossly inconsiderate and I can’t really participate in this because I haven’t had the chance to read it, understand it, or negotiate with any body about what it all means,” Mr Bradley said to the rest of the councillors.
“The flipping thing you’ve popped up. This has happened before. We just don’t need this. We just don’t need it. I have trouble coping with it when you come along and say ‘oh we’re going to do this’. Well no sorry I’m not going to participate in this nonsense.”
“Crikey I don’t know somebody’s slack on this,” Mr Bradley went on.
“They’re trying to manipulate us.
“I can’t cope with this. This is a complete nonsense.”
When Cambridge Mayor Keri Shannon asked him to stop speaking Mr Bradley ignored her and kept talking.
“I don’t care. It’s wrong,” he yelled and banged his fist against a desk, which made a loud thudding noise.
“It’s bloody wrong,” he said as he continued banging causing his screen to shake.
“Councillor Bradley you’re being ridiculous now,” Ms Shannon said.
“I think we might just shut down Councillor Bradley’s speaker for a second. It’s just really another desk banging exercise. I don’t think we need it,” she said.
“You’re acting like a child.”
“Please just turn off your microphone Councillor Bradley.”
“No I won’t,” Mr Bradley said.
And he also began flicking what appeared to be a lamp on and off to create a flashing sensation.
In an interview later on today with WA’s 6PR, Mr Bradley said the council payment matter should have been pushed to the next month.
“I don’t think that’s any sort of way to run a business, let alone a local government,” Mr Bradley said.