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Gwyn Hooper, Uki

Can anyone tell me what benefit we get from federal party members standing in local Council elections?

Personally the only reason for people standing in Council election under a federal party is to try and capture the entrenched vote of their party. Also, a lot of them use it as a stepping-stone for State and federal aspirations.

You have to ask how many of these candidates would get elected if they stood as an independent?

After all, what does the ALP have to do with garbage collection, Liberal with footpaths, Nationals with libraries, Greens with rates?

Any candidate that stands for local elections should stand because they are committed to serving the local community, and not be beholden to a federal party.

They should have a policy platform that’s basically for the good of the local community. They should campaign on that alone, and not on which party they belong to.

So come the 4 September, let’s vote for independents who put our communities first and not their party line. Let’s make the 4 September ‘Independents Day’

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  1. I totally agree .

    Both the ALP and The Green’s Tickets should be totally ignored in our forthcoming Council Election .

    Independents with knowledge , Intellect and a proven track record are the only ones who deserve voters support .

    Not the wannabees from the ALP or Greens, particularly for Mayor.

    Neither should we support “Independents ” who are standing on narrow policy platforms .


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