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Blacktown councillor Jess Diaz has final chance to apologise for ‘Judas’ remark

Jess Diaz during his tirade against a fellow councillor. Photo: SuppliedA Sydney councillor has one final chance to apologise for a tirade against a fellow councillor, whom he described as a “Judas”, before being reported to the state government.
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Blacktown councillor Jess Diaz made the offending remarks two months ago after mayoral elections. He did not attend a council meeting on Wednesday night to deliver a required apology after the speech was found to have breached the council’s code of conduct, leaving him a final chance in the new year.

Cr Diaz, the patriarch of a powerful Liberal Party family whose son Jaymes​ failed in a federal electoral bid after being embarrassed in a media interview, has long sought to be Blacktown’s mayor.

He missed that prize for a second year in a row, and by just one vote, after his former ally Jacqueline Donaldson resigned from the party shortly before the vote. Cr Donaldson’s change of vote handed the mayoralty to an ALP councillor.

Cr Donaldson won the deputy’s job.

“I reserve my best congratulations to our new deputy mayor,” Cr Diaz said in response to the vote, before beginning to shout. “She was elected as a Liberal for the last two terms and then resigned from the party. It’s a disgrace! A disgrace!”

Cr Diaz continued, despite jeers, to refer to Cr Donaldson as a “Judas”, who had “sold out the party”.

Cr Diaz resisted repeated requests from the chairman of the meeting, mayor Stephen Bali, to withdraw the remarks.

Cr Diaz appeared unrepentant as he was ejected from the council chambers.

“I have the honour of being thrown out because of this woman … who is a Judas,” he said before leaving.

Cr Donaldson told Fairfax she considered the remarks abusive. “No man has the right to yell at a woman,” she said.

The council referred the matter to the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils to determine whether Cr Diaz had breached Blacktown council’s code of conduct.

A report this week from the councils group said Cr Diaz had breached six clauses of the Blacktown council’s code of conduct. Cr Diaz would have to apologise to Cr Donaldson, acknowledge his breach of the code and refrain from making derogatory comments about the council’s disciplinary process, the report recommended.

If Cr Diaz does not make the apology the next time council convenes in February, he will be referred to the state government.

Cr Diaz did not return calls. But he told Fairfax’s Blacktown Star this week that while he would apologise to Cr Donaldson “if she was offended”, he was not contrite.

“I will wear this as a badge of honour,” he said. “If there is anyone who deserves to give an apology, it is Cr Donaldson.”

Cr Diaz is a significant local powerbroker in the NSW Liberal Party.

He controls some branches in Sydney’s north-west and in 2013 used his political influence to install his son Jaymes as the party’s candidate for the federal seat of Greenway, reportedly against the wishes of then-leader Tony Abbott.

That run for office was famously overshadowed by an interview in which Mr Diaz struggled to explain the Coalition’s then six-point plan to stop asylum seeker boats.

Cr Bali said Cr Diaz should accept the independent reviewer’s findings.

“The sooner Cr Diaz acts on the decision of council, the sooner we can put the matter behind us,” Cr Bali said.

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