One of the unsuccessful arguments put was that as the report formed part of the approved record of the council meeting, the council could not after the event make an amendment because of its obligation under the Local Government Act to ensure full and accurate minutes of a council meeting were kept.
"The two amendments that I have determined should be made - in paragraphs 2 and 3 of the Report, do not, in my view, interfere with the Council’s obligation under section 375 of the LG Act to keep full and accurate minutes of the proceedings of a meeting of the Council. The amendments merely make a relatively minor correction to a report to the Council, albeit important to Mr Livermore in terms of the accuracy of the personal information concerning him contained in the Report. Since this was purely a report by the General Manager to the Council on a staffing matter, the amendments would not appear to affect the fullness or accuracy of the Council minutes." (56)