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Shooters and Fishers business voting legislation set to pass the upper house

The controversial Shooters and Fishers proposal to reform business voting procedures in the City of Sydney is likely to pass the upper house on Wednesday, September 20 as City Hub goes to print. Backlash against the proposed bill has increased as the Victorian Local Government Review Panel this week announced recommendations surrounding possible reforms to […]

A history of the business vote

The question of whether businesses should have a say in local government elections in Sydney has been the subject of parliamentary and community debate for several decades. The debate began in 1995 when the Carr Government passed a series of “franchise amendments” to the City of Sydney Act 1988, the original legislation that sets out […]

“One vote, one value”

Should the business vote be reformed in the City of Sydney? A debate and public discussion with: Alex Greenwich MP, Independent Member for Sydney Gareth Ward, MP, Deputy Government Whip Jamie Parker, MP, Greens, Member for Balmain Angela Vithoulkas, Independent Councillor City of Sydney Edward Mandla, Liberal Councillor City of Sydney Linda Scott, Labor Councillor […]

Not the right “way forward” for City of Sydney business vote

City of Sydney Councillor Angela Vithoulkas on the Shooters and Fishers Party's proposed reforms to business voting in the City of Sydney The Shooters and Fishers’ business voting bill that is currently before Parliament is not the right fit for Sydney. While I agree that the introduction of legislation that will help business owners through […]

News in brief

ICAC called on to investigate NSW Government's secret business voting bill By Lucia Osborne-Crowley Last week NSW Premier Mike Baird announced the state Liberal government would support a Shooters and Fishers Party Bill to change voting practices in City of Sydney Council elections. If passed, the Bill will mean business owners in the City of […]

Business calls for greater voice at elections

Key business figures and councillors are calling for changes to the electoral roll, to ensure a greater voice for business in local government elections. In a situation unique to the Sydney LGA, businesses are allowed to vote in local government elections under the City of Sydney Act 1988 – however, the roll is wiped at the conclusion of […]