Should politicians be able to hold state and local government roles at the same time
Clover Moore, Electric Car
A number of locals have posted articles on Streetcorner outlining their reasons for opposing 'dual roles' (remember Streetcorner is an open news network so locals set the agenda and you are welcome to join in) and today Sydney's Lord Mayor and Member for Sydney, Clover Moore sent out information from her office detailing her submission to State Parliament. The O'Farrell Government is currently considering legislative changes to prohibit MP's from also holding the position of Councillor.
Below is an extract from Clover Moore's website outlining her reasons for opposing a ban on politicians concurrently being both a Councillor and Member of Parliament (MP).
'Since the beginning of representative government in NSW, in 1856, voters have had the option to choose a single person to represent them in both State and Local Government.
This proposed change is an attempt to reduce peoples’ voting options in NSW State and Local Government elections. Peoples’ democratic rights should be defended and not manipulated by partisan party politics and limited only after constitutional change.
Any judgements about the one person’s ability to successfully carry out both responsibilities should remain the preserve of voters and put in the context that a person undertaking the dual roles has to face an election approximately every two years. This constitutes a rigorous endorsement from the people.'
You can read the full transcript of Clover's submission here http://www.clovermoore.com.au/dual-roles...
Is it a conflict of interest for a politician to represent electorates both as a Councillor and a Member of Parliament? Holding dual roles is banned in the majority of states, do you think banning dual roles would change anything in NSW?
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