PUBLIC question time for George Town Council meetings has been stripped back after a heated meeting last week.
On Wednesday, Winston Archer was ejected from the meeting during public question time for the second time this year.
On the agenda for the meeting was a recommendation for public question time procedure to be changed, submitted by general manager Stephen Brown.
The motion was lost, with only councillors George O'Sign, Tim Parish and Roger Broomhall voting to adopt the updated procedure.
Deputy Mayor Bridget Archer, whose husband was earlier asked to leave the meeting, put forward a foreshadowed motion.
Cr Archer said she had lost count of the number of revisions to the policy in the last 12 months or so.
"It's bureaucracy gone mad," she said, referring to the procedure, which limited the time in which members of the public could speak to two minutes and question time as a whole to 15 minutes, and demanded that questions be submitted in writing before the meeting.
"I think we've reached this situation where we've created this tension and anger and this us-and- them mentality.
"I think putting up [the original revision] in the first place is inflammatory and ridiculous."
Amended by Cr Tim Cory, the foreshadowed motion stated that public question time be an equal opportunity for the public to speak, with a maximum of three questions a person, each meeting, and that a review of the process start immediately and a new policy be developed within three months.
Cr Broomhall voted against the motion.