Australia Day Citizens Ceremonies – an electioneering platform?

It is blatantly obvious Liverpool City Councils’ Citizenship Ceremonies have become an electioneering platform for the Mayor and his Team.
Previously, these Ceremonies were conducted by Council Staff, however, since Mayor Mannouns’ election in 2021, his Team of Liberal Councillors have taken over tasks such as announcing the Citizens names, handing out Certificates and directing the new Citizens for photo shoots with the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Liberal Councillors.

That practice amounts to electioneering aimed at vulnerable Citizens that may be biassed towards those Councillors at the next election scheduled for September this year.

This blatant display of electioneering, using ratepayer resources, needs to stop and the Minister for Local Government, the NSW Electoral Commission and the Department of Immigration need to investigate this unprofessional practice.

Cllr Peter Harle JP

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