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Why your preferences matter

BY MERRILL WITT Proportional representation in the NSW Legislative Council or Upper House ensures that seats are allocated to minor parties, and optional preferential voting all but guarantees its motley makeup. But is the election of candidates from minor parties a true reflection of the democratic will of the voters given that a few MPs […]

Questions over amalgamation impact

BY BEN RAUE The forthcoming Local Council Elections on September 9 appear likely to produce some unexpected results amidst a backdrop of unfamiliar candidates and uneasy alliances. The forced amalgamations of electorates, that began after the NSW Government announced 19 new Sydney councils in May 2016, has created a significant stirring of resentment against the […]

Oldies but goodies: candidates make a comeback in Marrickville

BY GEORGIA CLARK The amalgamation of Sydney metropolitan councils may have been a game-changer for the Inner West Council, but this hasn’t deterred a number of familiar faces from making a comeback to contest the upcoming September 9 elections for the Marrickville ward. While a number of councillors were axed and boundaries redrawn, a handful […]