Cold water’s being poured on a potentially controversial way to boost voter turnout at local body elections
Labour’s Sua William Sio is suggesting they be state funded and that candidates get taxpayer support for their campaigns.
He believes it could increase voter participation and improve ethnic representation.
Local Government Minister Chris Tremain indicates it’s not on the Government’s “to do” list.
Oh my God. Imagine it. If Labour get in and introduce taxpayer funding of local body candidate’s campaigns. They generally advocate $2 a vote so Penny Bright gets $20,000 from the taxpayer for her campaign. John Minto gets a bit less. Len Brown picks up $300,000. Celia Wade-Brown pockets $50,000 or so.
Labour never stops trying to find ways for the taxpayer to fund their party and their candidates.Tags: Labour, Local Body Politics, taxpayer funding