All Australian citizens over 18 are on the state or federal electoral roll and automatically entitled to vote at council polls.
To my surprise and I am sure to many, voting at council elections is also available to non-Australian citizens who have resided at an address within the council area for one month or more.
There is a fundamental error here.
Even in a sporting club, voting is restricted to full members.
Part-time or associate members may not vote.
Voting should be considered a privilege and not taken lightly and to offer a vote to anyone not a member, like a non-Australian, is inviting a distorted election outcome.
For instance, a group of backpacker seasonal workers who were resident for a few weeks could easily influence an election outcome which may differ from the preference of local residents.
Residents desiring a vote are encouraged to firstly become Australian citizens.
In the interest of genuine accountable government, I believe council elections need to be consistent with state and federal requirements.
State MPs need to be asked to ensure such consistency.
Ken Grundy, Naracoorte