BASS Coast Mayor Cr Brett Tessari took the opportunity at this week’s ordinary council meeting to publicly rebuke former Victorian Labor minister Adem Somyurek, following the revelation of derogatory comments he made towards Minster for Women Gabrielle Williams and members of the LGBTQI community.

During the Mayor and Councillor Reports, Cr Tessari read the following statement on behalf of Council:

“Bass Coast Shire Council is saddened and offended at the appalling conduct of the ex Minister for Local Government towards the Minister for Women.

“His behaviour was sexist, threatening, and totally at odds with the outstanding progress made by Bass Coast Council towards building gender equity and creating a more welcoming and respectful Victoria.

“Bass Coast Shire Council is an organisation that has zero tolerance of violence or bigotry of any kind.

“We pride ourselves on developing a culture of inclusivity and respect.

“We have a longstanding and strong commitment to preventing men’s violence against women and supporting our LGBTIQ community.

“It is an absolute disgrace that in 2020 we still see this type of behaviour.

“We will not stand back and let this behaviour occur, which is why I stand here today .… delivering this statement, calling it out.

“We are an organisation that will always call out violence and bigotry when we see it, and will work hard towards the prevention of these behaviours in our community, because there is no place for them.”


Somyurek has apologised “unequivocally” for the misogynistic language he used against Williams.