Exposing flaws in electoral funding law – This week, we called for an urgent parliamentary inquiry into the Electoral Funding Act 2018 – rushed through the NSW Parliament in May – after receiving legal advice which shows the Act could make elections less fair and may be unconstitutional.
The advice identified a series of flaws and potential unintended consequences flowing from the new Act and we are calling upon on the NSW Government to make good on its promise to refer the legislation to the joint standing committee for review. The Act introduces new expenditure caps on local government candidates, parties and third-party campaigners but applies complex formulas that do not provide for consistent campaign expenditure across the state. There is no consistency in the application of caps and an obvious disparity in allowable funding – not only between metro and regional areas, but within those areas themselves.
LGNSW supports a move to clearer, cleaner elections at all spheres of government. The new Act fails to provide this. It’s time for the Government to make good on its commitment and refer this to a joint standing committee for review. See our media release and today’s Sydney Morning Herald article. To discuss the changes or raise any concerns, email Damian Thomas, Senior Policy Officer, LGNSW.
Controlling graffiti – Graffiti costs councils millions of dollars annually in cleaning and repair and seriously affects local amenity. For some time, we’ve been pushing for legislation that enables councils to enforce graffiti removal from private commercial properties. Earlier this year we asked the NSW Government to review the Graffiti Control Act 2008. I am very glad to advise that the Attorney General has now agreed to start a review this year.
Celebrating and developing skilled assistants – Executive and personal assistants gathered in Sydney today for the LGNSW Executive and Personal Assistants’ Conference – an annual event to inspire and empower executive and personal assistants, and develop their careers. The best executive assistants are indispensable to their managers and councils and it was my great pleasure to speak to delegates and thank them for their wonderful contributions to local government. To find out more about LGNSW’s development programs email Learning Solutions.
Standing up for our libraries – The initial response to our Renew Our Libraries advocacy initiative has been amazing with a flood of media coverage and proactive support from councils throughout NSW. Let’s keep the momentum going by sharing and liking posts on social media, spreading the word in your communities and encouraging people to sign the petition. For more information email Margaret Kay, Strategy Manager - Social and Community, LGNSW, or call 02 9242 4082.