Bid for flyer-free booth

Postal vote bid re­jected but Cr Bur­nett has an­other plan for vote

The Observer - - NEWS - TEGAN ANNETT tegan.annett@glad­sto­neob­server.com.au

WITH the ap­pli­ca­tion for a postal vote for the Glad­stone Re­gional Coun­cil by-elec­tion re­jected, Mayor Matt Bur­nett is look­ing for other ways to make the process eas­ier for vot­ers.

Cr Bur­nett wants a fly­er­free booth at Glad­stone PCYC but said it would only work if ev­ery can­di­date was in favour of it.

Draw­ing on his own ex­pe­ri­ence cam­paign­ing, he said many res­i­dents turned down the fly­ers be­cause they had al­ready made their mind up.

“I’m the first to ad­mit I’ll stand there and hand out cards all day but you see the re­ac­tion from the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple who say I’ve made my mind up, don’t waste the pa­per,” he said.

“If it goes ahead, peo­ple could go to the PCYC and know they won’t get has­sled.”

Cr Bur­nett said if it went ahead it would be the first flyer-free booth in the Flynn elec­torate and if suc­cess­ful it could be repli­cated for fu­ture fed­eral and state elec­tions.

He said the can­di­dates he had spo­ken to were in favour of the move.

“Four peo­ple have agreed but there’s two other po­ten­tial can­di­dates ... for it to work all the can­di­dates need to be in favour of it,” he said.

The by-elec­tion for the seat va­cated by Cindi Bush is ex­pected to take place mid-Novem­ber.

Two res­i­dents, Natalia Muszkat and Col Burke, have an­nounced their in­ten­tion to nom­i­nate.

Cr Bur­nett ex­pects nom­i­na­tions to open within a fort­night.

The coun­cil ap­plied to have a postal vote, which he thought would be pre­ferred by the com­mu­nity in­stead of a bal­lot vote.

In a let­ter in re­sponse to the ap­pli­ca­tion, act­ing min­is­ter for lo­cal govern­ment and Min­is­ter for Rac­ing and Mul­ti­cul­tural Af­fairs Yvette D’Ath said due to the costs, par­tic­i­pa­tion rate and pop­u­la­tion dis­tri­bu­tion of the re­gion, a postal vote was not sup­ported.

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