Electoral system review
30 June 2010
This bulletin provides information about the issues paper recently released by the Law, Justice and Safety Committee on their inquiry into the current local government electoral system under the Local Government Act 1993 and on alternative systems and practices.
The issues paper is available at www.parliament.qld.gov.au/ljsc
The Law, Justice and Safety Committee is conducting a review of the local government electoral system in Queensland (except for Brisbane City Council). In carrying out the review the committee will consider and report on the application of different electoral systems to local government elections in Queensland. The committee will make its report to the Legislative Assembly by the end of November 2010.
The committee is currently seeking submissions on matters within its terms of reference. Submissions close on Friday 30 July 2010.
Matters for consideration
The committee is seeking submissions on issues including:
local government divisions
- divided and undivided councils
the conduct of elections
- the administration of quadrennial elections by the Electoral Commission of Queensland
- the timing of local government elections
candidates—requirements and conduct
- the requirements for nominations and candidature
- campaign funding and disclosures
- electoral signage and advertising material
- compulsory voting
- postal voting, pre-polling and absent voting
- property franchise—should voting In local government elections be restricted to residents
- optional preferential voting
- first-past-the-post voting
- proportional representation.
The committee is also seeking submissions about other local government electoral system issues it should consider as part of its inquiry.
Submissions to the committee
Submissions close on Friday 30 July 2010.
Written submissions can be sent by post, facsimile or email to the committee at the details below.
The Research Director
Law, Justice and Safety Committee
BRISBANE QLD 4000
07 3406 7070
Alternatively, submissions may be lodged online at the committee’s website at www.parliament.qld.gov.au/ljsc