PROTESTING: Whitsunday residents are protesting against a purely postal vote system in the Whitsundays. Back: John Hill, Cliff Hansen, Peter Harvey, Adrian Abrahams, Lester Riley, David Howells, David Brooks and Rory McCourt. Middle: Claire Anspach, Jonathan Peter, Sue Harvey, Olga Dufty, Malcom Anspach, Ross Plowman, Richard Altmann, Joey Prowse, Andrew Marshall, Helen Altmann, Leonie Lovell, Heather Marshall, Susan Lilley, Tony Moscato, Connie Riley and Dive Tindall. Front: Alan Dufty and Peter Jennings. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times
PROTESTING: Whitsunday residents are protesting against a purely postal vote system in the Whitsundays. Back: John Hill, Cliff Hansen, Peter Harvey, Adrian Abrahams, Lester Riley, David Howells, David Brooks and Rory McCourt. Middle: Claire Anspach, Jonathan Peter, Sue Harvey, Olga Dufty, Malcom Anspach, Ross Plowman, Richard Altmann, Joey Prowse, Andrew Marshall, Helen Altmann, Leonie Lovell, Heather Marshall, Susan Lilley, Tony Moscato, Connie Riley and Dive Tindall. Front: Alan Dufty and Peter Jennings. Photo Sharon Smallwood / Whitsunday Times

Ratepayers protesting postal vote

DESPITE numerous communications with the Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ), a deputation to council and the collection of more than 1,000 signatures on a petition, members of the Whitsunday Ratepayers Association (WRA) believe next year's council elections will be decided by postal vote only.

WRA secretary Tony Moscato described this as "the biggest slap in the face that we have seen in politics in the last 30 years in Queensland".

"This is totally against the will of the people - 98 per cent of people (we have have spoken to) are against postal vote," Mr Moscato said.

"If a government is determined not to listen to its people (then) that is not a democracy," he said.

Mr Moscato said numerous researchers found postal voting to be flawed with the system now banned in many European countries as a result.

"Postal voting was found responsible for fraud and corruption so why are we doing it here?" he asked. Mayor Mike Brunker said he had yet to be notified of any such decision by ECQ, but he would welcome it nonetheless.

"There's this hideous theory that I sit up all night changing the votes to get myself re-elected. That's the conspiracy theorists we deal with.

"They (the ratepayers) have a consultant that says postal voting is corrupt. There's also a consultant that will tell you Elvis Presley is alive and well," he said.

"Because of the high numbers of elderly residents in our population I stand by the fact that more people vote through postal voting and I stand by ECQ's decision."

Meanwhile the Whitsunday Times received notification yesterday from ECQ that the matter was still under consideration by the Minister for Local Government.

"The Commission has not yet been advised of the Minister's decision," an ECQ spokesperson said.


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