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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Media Release

Compulsory local government voting not a priority

Once again, Labor wants to tell people what to do and how to behave – just as they did throughout the state election campaign.
It’s clear that Labor are only pushing compulsory voting because they think it will benefit them.
And once again, Labor are in lockstep with the Greens in calling for compulsory local government voting. Both Labor and the Greens know the likely effect would be an erosion of independent voices in local government.
The Local Government Association of Tasmania has had its say on the latest thought bubble from Labor, not once, but five times – it has never been carried by LGAT.
The Tasmanian Electoral Commissioner has confirmed that voter participation has surpassed the last local government elections. I encourage people to vote ahead of polls closing tomorrow if they haven’t already done so, but this latest Labor thought bubble is another example of them acting in their own interest, not Tasmania’s.
Compulsory local government voting is not a priority for the Government. As Labor knows, there is a review into the Local Government Act underway which can consider these issues.

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  1. Rob Halton

    October 31, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Hickey breaks ranks on the mandatory vote and is disappointed, but the State govt does not see compulsory voting at council elections as a priority!

    Gutwein is critical of Labor’s renewed push for compulsory voting at council elections as a self serving thought bubble.

    My opinion is that if we continue in Van Diemans Land’s style of supporting too many separate little inward thinking local government outlying hamlets then there are those who have to live with the apathy that they inherited, and nothing will change.

    Until Gutwein inspires confidence at this level of government and is willing to put the foot down in the correct manner and force amalgamations, then the status quo remains indefinitely!

    The long winded traumas and extra ratepayer expenses associated with reformation of Glenorchy and Huon Valley both remaining as single councils will continue down their own separate paths. Crossing boundaries will always remain difficult for a more satisfactory governance performance. Recent refusals of Tasman to join Sorell was just another example of lack of accepting change.

    Gutwein only protects protectionism for the sake of it, but it’s not good enough!

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