In the City of Melbourne, residents make up less than 40% of the electoral roll, while businesses and non-resident property investors make up more than 60%. This makes the City of Melbourne electoral roll the wealthiest and with the highest proportion of men of any council in Australia.
The system is designed to take representation away from the community and give more to the big end of town.
Labor's Local Government Bill 2018 is currently being debated by the Victorian Parliament, but it does nothing to fix this rigged system.
The Greens will introduce an amendment to this Bill to make voting in Council elections more democratic, including limiting the vote to residents.
Businesses and wealthy property owners shouldn't have more influence over who represents us on Council. This is our opportunity to fix the system so that it truly represents us.
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