New rules for political donation disclosures

By Staff Writer New South Wales councils are now required to publish copies of political donation and electoral expenditure disclosure declarations on the Election Funding Authority (EFA) website. Following amendments to the Election Funding and Disclosures Act 1981, councillors are also required to lodge disclosure declarations every six months instead of every four years after […]

Castrilla praises FPTP voting

By Staff Writer   Western Australia’s Local Government minister has praised the first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting system used in local government elections as a successful transtion from proportional representation (PPV).   “It is a fairer, simpler system which makes the electorate process easier to understand and more accessible to the wider community,” Mr Castrilli said in […]

WA communities regain control of council elections

By Staff Writer West Australian councils are celebrating a major win, following the passage of legislation to reinstate the first-past-the-post voting (FPTP) system in State Parliament. The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) said the legislation would effectively prevent political parties from manipulating council elections. WALGA president Bill Mitchell welcomed Local Government Minister John Castrilli’s decision to […]

Perry puts Port Macquarie elections on ice

By Staff Writer Local elections for Port-Macquarie-Hastings Council will not take place until 2012, the NSW Minister for Local Government has told parliament. Port Macquarie-Hastings was sacked last year by the Minister and placed under administration after the mishandling of a project initiated in 2001 to build a cultural and entertainment centre. Answering a question […]


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