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Decisions made by local governments must be made in a way that is consistent with the local government principles set out in section four of the Local Government Act 2009 and the City of Brisbane Act 2010. These principles are:

In addition, good decision-making requires that:

Decisions made at meetings are recorded in the form of resolutions which are binding on the local government until they are formally amended or repealed. Resolutions, once recorded, take effect immediately.

It is important to note that councillors are subject to the laws of defamation during council meetings and at other times. Unlike members of state or federal Parliament (who enjoy legal protection in respect of anything said by them in Parliament), councillors can claim no special 'privilege' by virtue of their office.

Voting

Closed business

Public participation

Material personal interests and conflicts of interest

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