In yet another attack on local democracy the NSW government is proposing legislation that would fundamentally alter the way that local council elections are elected.
The proposed law
will allow the City of Sydney and any other Council the Government decides, to resolve to hold their local election exclusively by postal vote. This will erode the traditional Election Day turn out, disenfranchise a significant proportion of the voting population and favour wealthy candidates who can afford expensive direct mail campaigns.
Greens MP and Local Government spokesperson David Shoebridge said:
"Local government is coming under a sustained attack from the Coalition, with council elections the new item on the government's chopping board.
"Allowing local government elections to be held exclusively through the post, will inevitably disenfranchise voters, especially young people and those with impermanent addresses.