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Alan Jones convinced government on voting policy: Shooters MP

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Nicole Hasham

"Who is running NSW?": Alan Jones has been thanked by Shooters Party MP Robert Borsak for his support of a bill forcing businesses to vote.

"Who is running NSW?": Alan Jones has been thanked by Shooters Party MP Robert Borsak for his support of a bill forcing businesses to vote.

Broadcaster Alan Jones convinced the Baird government to back moves to overhaul business voting rights in the City of Sydney, the Shooters and Fishers Party says, prompting Lord Mayor Clover Moore to ask, “Who is running NSW?”

The government is supporting a Shooters and Fishers Party bill that would force thousands of businesses to vote in City of Sydney elections, potentially boosting the conservative vote and undermining Cr Moore and her progressive agenda.

Introducing the bill to the NSW upper house on Thursday, Shooters MP Robert Borsak thanked 2GB talk back host Alan Jones “who has been a driving force for this change”, adding that “without his assistance, I doubt that the government would have been persuaded to support” the bill.

Shooters MP Robert Borsak: He described Alan Jones as "a driving force".

Shooters MP Robert Borsak: He described Alan Jones as "a driving force".

He also thanked The Daily Telegraph for its support.

Cr Moore said the remarks confirmed the legislation was “driven by vested interests, right-wing media and shock jocks”.

“[Mr Borsak] said the NSW Government wouldn’t have supported his bill without Alan Jones at 2GB driving for change and without the support of The Daily Telegraph,” Cr Moore said.

“The community needs to ask, just who is running NSW?”

She accused the government and the Shooters Party of “working together to manipulate democracy and to dilute the voting rights of NSW residents”.

The Daily Telegraph and 2GB have been highly critical of Cr Moore, particularly her support for bike paths in central Sydney, and have campaigned for greater business voting rights.

Jones, a fierce critic of the Lord Mayor, fronted a "No More Clover" rally in the week before the 2012 local government elections to urge voters to remove Cr Moore from office.

Jones told the crowd of about 40 people that the event’s low turnout was by no means a "measure of the anger that exists in this city".

Some observers have questioned why the Shooters Party, with its traditional support base in regional NSW, was now turning its attention to the City of Sydney.

As a state government MP, Cr Moore often pushed for stronger gun controls, and in 2012 she opposed the hunting in national parks proposal.

It is understood that a post on the Shooters and Fishers Party Facebook page earlier this year, which has since been deleted, described Cr Moore as “one of the most gun-hating politicians anywhere in Australia.”

However Mr Borsak rejected suggestions the bill was an attempt at “payback”.

“We are a party that supports free enterprise and capitalism and a few other things like that … we are not a single-issue party,” he said.

Mr Borsak said he approached Mr Jones “and asked him would he support me in trying to get … a bit of publicity for my bill, and he said 'most definitely' ”.

Asked to respond to Mr Borsak's comments to Parliament, Mr Baird said: “The government supports these important reforms that give business people a voice in the city that they work and pay rates in."

Mr Jones did not respond to request for comment.

Cr Moore rejected claims by Liberal councillor Edward Mandla that she was preventing businesses from voting, saying the NSW Electoral Commission runs the voting regime.

99 comments

  • That's it - Baird/Liberal Party have lost my vote. I voted for them to run government not Jones. How many more government decisions has this unelected creep made.

    Commenter
    Barra
    Date and time
    August 14, 2014, 3:28PM
    • A vote for the LNP government is a vote for Alan Jones and Rupert Murdoch to run the show...

      You knew what would happen - time to enjoy the spoils of victory.

      Commenter
      Predictable
      Date and time
      August 14, 2014, 6:10PM
    • When are political parties going to take voters seriously and govern for them. I am sick of political parties catering exclusively to their sectional interests and listening to their unelected friends at our expense!

      Commenter
      Darcy
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 14, 2014, 6:29PM
    • You are correct. I think that Clover has spent too much time funding dud projects like the Sydney Park water dam nightmare. Hopefully this change will set her straight and maybe we can kick her from office.

      Commenter
      saulman
      Location
      the
      Date and time
      August 14, 2014, 6:43PM
    • I formed the view long ago that Alan Jones has a problem with women in general, and women in power in particular. He has a particular vitriol he reserves for powerful women from anywhere Left of Attila The Hun. True he despises Left politics but he seems to reserve a different disgust for the women of the Left. Remember the language he displayed with Julia Gillard?

      Commenter
      DrDave
      Location
      Byron Bay
      Date and time
      August 14, 2014, 7:11PM
    • I'm upset about this proposed legislation - and will not vote for the Liberals at State level again. I'm a resident of Sydney City and do not understand why certain people should essentially have two votes: this is unfair because, if it was rolled out across Australia there would be national uproar. Imagine if my business had a vote in say Cronulla: of course I would be pro-development and not give a toss about the "quality of life" of local residents. My feeling is that this legislation would be more acceptable ONLY if the business owner's PRIMARY RESIDENCE was also in the City of Sydney. I don't see why "non-locals" should have a say in another council's affairs.

      Commenter
      JPV
      Location
      Chippendale
      Date and time
      August 14, 2014, 7:20PM
    • since when is a business a voter?, 40 people at the rally!, says it all... democracy really doesn't sit well with the liberals. firstly , the bail laws changed by Hadley, now this by jones... NSW is truly run by 2GB... shame baird shame

      Commenter
      swagman
      Location
      syd
      Date and time
      August 14, 2014, 7:21PM
  • Oh God Alan Jones again. Who is this drip - shock jock sounds a bit upmarket for Jones and his right wing rubbish. No idea of real "struggle street".

    Kept in a priceless little A-List bubble drooling over celebrities and spreading nasty ideas across the air waves. His time is over - give it up mate you are not liked and you have no idea.

    Commenter
    awake
    Date and time
    August 14, 2014, 3:29PM
    • Last time I checked radio statistics his show is the most popular by a HUGE margin in the morning slot and a very invaluable asset to MRN.
      Maybe getup can start a petition on this like they always do on left wing issues

      Commenter
      rollo
      Date and time
      August 14, 2014, 6:08PM
    • ..and I listen to Alan everyday and I love Alan and his ability to accept that women can hold positions of power on merit.

      Commenter
      rollo
      Date and time
      August 14, 2014, 6:56PM

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