Deputy Premier Bryan Green has announced sweeping changes to local government elections.
In a draft bill to be released tomorrow:
- Individual local councils will be able to opt for compulsory voting in their municipality at this year's elections.
- Aldermen and councillors will be banned from becoming state MPs.
- From 2015 all councils will move to an all-in, all-out elections where all elected members will contest the ballot.
- From 2015 mayors and deputy mayors will serve four year terms.
Mr Green said he would aim to introduce the legislation in April.
"Rather than elections for half the council ever two years this will provide continuity for our leaders in local government and the communities they represent," he said today.
Full story in The Examiner tomorrow.