LUKE FOLEY INTRODUCES BILL TO SCRAP TWO VOTES FOR BUSINESSES

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NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has moved to repeal the anti-democratic legislation which handed businesses in the City of Sydney two votes during local elections.

The Liberal-Nationals Government legislation applied only to the City of Sydney at last year’s local government elections.

It was a blatant, yet failed, attempt to manipulate the electoral roll and oust Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

The Government’s legislation was designed to boost the Liberal Party’s vote, and win control of the City of Sydney for the Liberal Party.

Mr Foley has today introduced a bill that will end this anti-democratic business voting arrangement.

If elected in 2019, NSW Labor commits to repealing the legislation.

Quotes attributable to Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“It was an appalling and distasteful spectacle – the Liberal Party pulling an electoral rort to try and make Tony Abbott’s sister the Lord Mayor of Sydney. 

“The absurd double voting provision for businesses has to go. It is an extraordinary and unprecedented rort.

“This is another failed local government policy by the Government that must be overturned.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Local Government Minister Peter Primrose 

“It’s anti-democratic, shoddy legislation and we’ll change it – either with the current Government’s support now, or when we form Government.

“It was never explained or justified – because the Government could never admit that its only purpose was to rort the elections for the City of Sydney.”