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Sunshine Coast Council elections

Eligibility - Queensland citizens

Principal Petitioner:

Tony Magrathea
62B Cooroora Street

Total Signatures - 147

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 19/07/2019

Closing Date: 16/09/2019

Tabled Date: 17/09/2019

Responded By: Hon Stirling Hinchliffe MP on 9/10/2019

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House that Sunshine Coast Council elections are due in 2020 and the election process still uses archaic and anachronistic processes of having separate wards to elect councillors. The ward system was established during the Dane law in the 9th century. It allows the richest, best funded candidate to dominate election in a small ward.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to change the electoral process for the Sunshine Coast Council election to one electorate with 11 members elected. From these eleven the elected councillors will decide who is to be Mayor and Deputy Mayor.