LGAQ launches new campaign against changes

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has launched a new campaign in a bid to stop the State Government from legislating changes to the electoral processes of local government.

The Hands Off My Council social media campaign is aimed at stopping the proposed changes to public funding, introduction of preferential voting and the introduction of proportional representation system into undivided councils.

The campaign follows polling which found that 70 percent of Queensland voters were happy with the current system governing council elections. LGAQ chief executive Greg Hallam said the proposed changes would overturn a system that seven out of 10 people were happy with. “Forcing people to put a number in every square on a ballot paper would be a boon for political parties but a big headache for voters,” Mr Hallam said. “This change is all about making it easier for party politics to muscle its way into all 77 council chambers across Queensland, not just Brisbane.”

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