Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Major Parties Gather; Debate over Political Parties' Influence in Local Elections

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Major Parties Gather; Debate over Political Parties' Influence in Local Elections

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Byline: Aisling Brennan aisling.brennan@tweeddailynews.com.au

MAJOR political parties have long been involved in state and federal elections, but in recent years it's become more common to see these groups place candidates at the local government level.

As the Tweed Shire Council election nears, three major political parties, the Australian Labor Party, the Liberal Party of Australia and the Australian Greens are running endorsed group tickets.

Griffith University political scientist Dr Paul Williams said while the influence of the major parties in local government has become a common trend, voters shouldn't be too quick to dismiss the possibility of including them in council.

"I've always been of the idea major political parties should get into local government because there's been lots of mudslinging, bullying and threats at the local level in the past but the major parties haven't got time for that," Dr Williams said.

Standing as an independent, former mayor Barry Longland believes the major parties should stay out of local government and said it's been the cause of dysfunction in past councils. …

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