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Council to vote on election ban for property developers, real estate agents

One outer South West Sydney council could be about to ban property developers and real estate agents from getting elected.

Two Liverpool City councillors, Nathan Hagarty and Charishma Kaliyanda, say they are will do more than just back calls for a ban on property developers and real estate agents becoming councillors.

Councillor Hagarty says he will put a motion to the upcoming meeting on March 25 calling on Liverpool Council to support the ban.

“Residents expect and should trust that decisions are being made in their best interest,’’ he says.

“This is about putting trust and transparency back into local decision making,” Councillor Hagarty said.

The move comes in the wake of media reports that the NSW Liberal Party was delaying nominations for September’s local government elections to weed out property developers and real estate agents from running.

“The Labor Party banned property developers and real estate agents from being elected to local government years ago.

Cr Nathan Hagarty and Cr Charishma Kaliyanda are pushing for a ban on real estate agents and property developers getting elected to Liverpool Council.

“It’s about time everyone else caught up,’’ Cr Hagarty said.

Councillor Kaliyanda said that if it’s illegal for property developers and real estate to make political donations, “how are they able to make political decisions by holding public office”

According to media reports, the Liberals list Liverpool as one of their problem councils for developers and real estate agents.

The Labor Party recently introduced laws into NSW Legislative Council to ban property developers and real estate agents being elected to NSW councils in time for this year’s council elections.

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