Local Liberals divided over direct election of Shellharbour Mayor

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The Liberals are at war over whether to match the pledge by NSW Labor to immediately restore the democratic right of the people of Shellharbour local government area to directly elect the Mayor at the September 2016 council election, Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson said today.

“The Liberals are all at sea bobbing around in reaction to the pledge by NSW Labor to immediately restore the direct right of the people to decide who their city’s mayor should be.

“My Liberal opponent suggests he wants and supports a referendum on this issue, while at the same time Liberal Councillor Kellie Marsh voted on the floor of Council to oppose the referendum on 3 February 2015 (Extract of Council Minutes attached).

“The people of Shellharbour can have no confidence that the Liberals support the immediate restoration of their democratic right to directly elect their city’s mayor.

“They took away that right in 2011 without any explanation.

“Four years later you have the Liberal candidate for Shellharbour telling us he wants to support a referendum, which his party’s representative on Council strongly opposed by voting against it.

“My position has been exactly the same for four years.

“Labor will immediately restore the democratic right of the people of Shellharbour to directly elect the mayor they want at the September 2016 election.

“There are no ‘if, but, or maybe’ in my position.

“I call on my Liberal opponent to stop playing word games and match my commitment to restoring the right of the people of Shellharbour to directly elect the mayor of their city at the council elections in 2016”, Ms Watson said.

See: extract from the Minutes of Shellharbour City Council meeting on 3 February 2015.

 

16 February 2015

 

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