Finch calls for spending cap cut at declaration

Returned Independent Rosevears MLC  Kerry Finch with wife Carole at this morning's declaration of the polls. Photo by Paul Scambler

Returned Independent Rosevears MLC Kerry Finch with wife Carole at this morning's declaration of the polls. Photo by Paul Scambler

RETURNED Rosevears MLC Kerry Finch used his speech at the declaration of the polls ceremony in Launceston today to call for a reduced expenditure cap in future upper house election campaigns.

Mr Finch was returned over the weekend for a third six-year term in the upper house, having seized victory from Liberal opponent Don Morris by more than 4000 votes.

The final tally was 11,712 votes to 7689.

Mr Finch said Legislative Council elections needed to be accessible to ordinary people who wished to run independently.

He said the $14,500 election cap should be lowered.

``The call for an increase in the allocation is rubbish,'' Mr Finch said.

``We've got to make the opportunity (for candidacy) accessible or else the only ones able to afford the increase will be the parties, and that's to be avoided.''

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