Hundreds of people joined Saturday's rally to condemn the government’s support for a Shooters and Fishers Party bill that would give corporations and big businesses two votes in City of Sydney elections, remove the voting rights of some small businesses and relegate residents to second class citizens. I welcomed support from peak body NSW Local Government for my bill which makes it easier for businesses to exercise their existing right to vote.
This week, the Victorian Local Government Electoral Review recommended a new model for Melbourne City Council that respects one-vote-one-value, and provides for independent elections managed by the Victorian Electoral Commission and a non-residential electoral roll that voters apply to be included on to ensure transparent and fair elections. This discredits the Shooters and Fishers claim for the so-called Melbourne Model.
I’m speaking at the community forum ‘Should the business vote be reformed in the City of Sydney?’ at the Beauchamp Hotel 265 Oxford Street (Cnr South Dowling Street) tomorrow Wednesday 10 September at 6.45pm. Please come along to hear the speakers and ask your questions.