Park opposes extra council election votes for businesses

The NSW government last week introduced a bill to make it compulsory for business ratepayers to vote in City of Sydney local government elections in 2016.

For now, the laws would only apply in Sydney - where powerful independent Clover Moore is Lord Mayor - but Minister for Local Government Paul Toole has confirmed they could also be applied in "economic centres" like Parramatta, Newcastle and Wollongong.

Mr Park labelled it "a sneaky attempt by the Liberals" to undermine democracy and give businesses more influence than residents.

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