Shooters priority guns, not business

After their misleading opinion piece today the Shooters and Fishers have revealed why they want to manipulate city democracy - they think it will help them get another Shooter elected into the NSW Upper House to pursue more rights for gun owners.

Seems they don't understand their City Bill has nothing to do with the State.

On their Facebook page the Shooters call me "one of the most gun-hating politicians anywhere in Australia."

Shooters

There's no doubt their priority is guns, not business.

The Liberal Party should not allow the Shooters Party to manipulate the electoral system. City residents and businesses are capable of deciding what we need in our area.

The truth about business voting

While businesses across the local area can already vote in Council elections, the City of Sydney provided the NSW Electoral Commission with $215,000 to undertake a campaign to make businesses aware of their right to vote prior to the 2012 election.

Work is now underway to increase the number of businesses participating in elections to make sure their voice continues to be heard.

To make the voting process as simple as possible, Lord Mayor Clover Moore is supporting reforms to the City of Sydney Act, including the introduction of a permanent register of businesses to be compiled by the independent Electoral Commission.

Businesses could be added to the register at any time, rather than the current system that sets a specific time to enrol. Before each election the Electoral Commission would write to all businesses to confirmation of their details and their wish to vote. This process would be easier than filling out a BAS or renewing a driver's licence.

These reforms have the support of the Council, and would ensure the roll for every election is accurate and up to date. It would also protect businesses' right to make the choice of whether they vote or not - a principle that is supported by the NSW Business Chamber.

If you'd like to find out more about what the City is doing to support local businesses, sign up to our regular newsletter by visiting: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/business

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