As well as electing a Deputy Mayor, every year Council …

Comment on BREAKING NEWS: Heenan elected Deputy Mayor by Hal Duell.

As well as electing a Deputy Mayor, every year Council decides which Councillors will represent it on its various committees that meet from once a month to once a year. On Monday night representatives were chosen for 31 committees.
Usually the number of Councillors needed on committees is the number nominated. A vote is not necessary. However, sometimes there are more nominees than positions, and a vote is required.
And this is where I feel the process breaks down. To use one example from Monday night, on the Alice Springs Town Council & Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation Partnership Committee two representatives were required and five Councillors were nominated. Council determined who got the spots by voting for each nominee in order of their nomination with any Councillor reaching an outright majority (5) declared elected as soon as it happened.
In the example, the first nominee received 6 votes and was elected, the second received 4 votes and was excluded and the third received 5 votes and was elected. The last two nominees never made it off the starting line.
I suggest a fairer method would be to vote on each nominee in the order of their nomination, but to not declare anyone elected until the votes were counted for each nominee. Then the two with the highest number of votes would be declared elected. That way all nominees would get a chance.

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Now that would have been an interesting question. Do the residents of Alice really want another art gallery? Or are we being sold a pup?

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