Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Change to Election Laws Is Welcomed

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Change to Election Laws Is Welcomed

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Mike Derry

Mike.derry@news-mail.com.au

A BUNDABERG councillor has welcomed a plan to change the law in Queensland so the names of people who nominate for local government elections are displayed as soon as they come forward.

Local government minister David Crisafulli said he wanted to change the more recent process of keeping the names secret until the closing date for nominations.

Mr Crisafulli's move was sparked by the lack of nominations for Division 6 in the Tablelands Regional Council for the elections in April.

He has since appointed a local businesswoman to serve as the councillor.

Changes to the Local Government Electoral Act in 2011 stopped councils from displaying election candidates' names until after the nominations had closed.

In the Bundaberg Regional Council elections, four councillors were unopposed after no one nominated for election in their divisions.

One of the councillors who benefited from that, Judy Peters, said she would C[pounds sterling]absolutelyC[yen] support the change to the law. …

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