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Electoral Reform Racist?

Ken Ong claims voter review bans migrants

MELBOURNE City councillor Ken Ong has questioned the motivation behind a push to broaden electoral reform in the  municipality.

Cr Ong said he had “serious concerns” about one of the proposed changes, which he claims would discriminate against overseas residents.

In a rare move, Cr Ong last week made a personal statement to the Future Melbourne Committee outlining his problems with a  proposal to change voter eligibility, especially the period a resident or ratepayer had to be on the electoral roll before being  allowed to vote.

The proposal was part of a broader motion on electoral reform and was designed to be rolled into the upcoming electoral review of  the City of Melbourne. The motion was voted down.