The Coalition has today forced the City of Sydney Amendment (Elections) Bill 2014 through Parliament. The bill was designed by the Shooters party and delivered by the Coalition in order to entrench corporate voting and halve the voice of residents on council.
While the Coalition and Shooters teamed up to double the corporate vote, the Greens succeeded in amending the bill to prevent the undemocratic scheme from being applied in any Local Government area outside the City of Sydney.
*Greens NSW MP and Local Government spokesperson David Shoebridge said:*
“This bill is designed to disenfranchise residents in the City of Sydney and hand political power to corporate Australia.
“Corporations should not have a single vote in council elections, let alone two as this undemocratic law provides.