September 16, 2015 — He wanted to be mayor in the City of Blacktown but for the second time in a row, Blacktown City Councillor Jess Diaz lost to Labor Party Councillor Stephen Bali.
Blacktown City Council is composed of 7 Liberal Party members while there are also 7 Labor Party councillors. It would have been a hung parliament were it not for Russ Dickens, an independent member who voted in favour of Stephen Bali last year, causing the loss of Diaz.
But during last Wednesday’s election, Cr. Jaqui Donaldson who was originally a member of the Liberal Party resigned her party membership, became an independent and voted in favour of Bali.
Her move angered the Filipino councillor who lost his temper and shouted at Donaldson, calling her “Judas.”
A report from a very reliable eyewitness stated that Diaz was asked to leave the Chamber because of his unruly behaviour.
The mayor-elect then called for a recess of the proceedings.
See Cr. Diaz’s outburst in youtube:
Councillor Diaz was repeatedly asked by Mayor Stephen Bali to apologise to Cr. Donaldson but he repeatedly said: “I will not apologise.” He then left the room.