As stated, that figure is what has been paid to outside lawyers so far and does not include the time of Dougherty’s in-house legal team.

In the media statement by then Deputy Mayor Mike Cardiff on 4 October this year, he said:

“I do not have the level of confidence that is required for Council entering into this Court action with CRU. For Council to alter the recommendations determined by an independent review panel, as far as I am concerned, requires a further resolution from Council.

“This has not happened and I have not seen any written evidence from the independent review panel to support the direction Council is taking. Surely we could avoid court action if a meaningful consultation process had been enabled.”

Do we need say any more about the way Dougherty runs things that we haven’t already said?