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ALP Candidate Forum Community - Preselection for Lord Mayor of Sydney ALP Candidate

The Labor Party is trialling a new way of selecting Labor candidates for public office. For the first time, members of the public will be able to vote in a “Community Preselection” to choose Labor’s candidate for Lord Mayor of Sydney. To meet the candidates, please come along to this Candidate Forum on Monday 30 April.

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When

May 01, 2012
from 09:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Where

The Function Room, Souths on Chalmers 265 Chalmers Street, Redfern

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The Labor Party is trialling a new way of selecting Labor candidates for public office.

For the first time, members of the public will be able to vote in a “Community Preselection” to choose Labor’s candidate for Lord Mayor of Sydney.
This will give local residents who support Labor values, but who have not joined the Labor Party, an opportunity to have their say in who will represent Labor at the 2012 local government elections.

Voting is open to all City of Sydney residents.

To meet the candidates, please come along to this Candidate Forum on Monday 30 April.

To maximise community participation, the forum will be structured like the ABC current affairs program Q&A. To ensure that the forum runs to schedule, with as many questions as possible, could you arrange for questions for candidates to be emailed to michael.comninos@optusnet.com.au by 12 noon Monday April 30.

To find out more visit www.nswalp.com Forum organised by South Sydney Labor

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a “Community Preselection”?

For more than 120 years, the Labor Party has chosen its candidates for public office through a pre-selection ballot.

In the past, the people eligible to vote in the ballot could include members of local branches, members of special  party committees or delegates to party conferences.

Labor recognises that the way people participate in politics is different now to 1891, when our Party was founded.

We want to create new opportunities for people to have their say, and that is why we are trialling new ways for people to participate in our Party - including opening up our preselection process to members of the public.

How will this trial work?

This Community Preselection will have a “50:50 model”.

  • Eligible members of local Labor Party branches will vote for their choice of candidate in person on Saturday 2 June.
  • Members of the public and other Labor Party members will be able to vote online or by post between Monday 14 May and Wednesday 30 May. They will also be able to vote in person on Saturday 2 June.

These two ballots will each receive a 50% weighting.

No person will be able to vote in both ballots.

The person chosen from this process will be Labor’s candidate for the position of Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney at local government elections to be held on Saturday 8 September 2012.

Can I vote?

Voting is open to all residents in the City of Sydney. You do not have to be a member of the Labor Party to vote.

How do I vote?

If you are a member of the public, you can vote in one of three ways:

Online

Vote in a secure online ballot. Details will soon be available at www.nswalp.com. 

Voting opens 9.00am, Monday 14 May 2012.

Voting closes 5.00pm, Wednesday 30 May 2012.

By Post

A postal ballot will be sent to all households in the City of Sydney.

Voting opens 9.00am, Monday 14 May 2012.

Voting closes 5.00pm, Wednesday 30 May 2012.

In Person

Cast a vote in person on Saturday 2 June 2012. The locations will be published closer to the date.

Voting opens at 9.00am and closes at 5.00pm.

Who are the candidates?

Nominations for the Community Preselection opened on Wednesday 7 March 2012 and closed on Friday 30 March 2012. The following people have nominated:

  • Cameron Murphy
  • Linda Scott
  • Vic Smith
  • Damian Spruce
  • Cassandra Wilkinson
  • Jonathan Yee

The City of Sydney has an annual budget of more than $500 million and makes decisions about community facilities, planning, infrastructure and the environment.

The Community Preselection for Labor’s Lord Mayoral Candidate is an opportunity for you to have your say about the future of the City of Sydney.

For more information visit   www.nswalp.com call   (02) 9207 2000 email  NSWLabor@nswalp.com

REDWatch Note: The information above has been supplied by the Rosebury Branch of the ALP and is placed by REDWatch on its site in the community interest. REDWatch is made up of members with a wide range of political allegiances and REDWatch encourages participation in community politics without endorsing any one political party.

 

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