Electoral Newsfile 89: 1999 Redistribution of Federal Electoral Boundaries - Final Boundaries for New South Wales

On 26 February 1999, the Electoral Commissioner directed that a redistribution of electoral Divisions commence in New South Wales. The redistribution was triggered as seven years had lapsed since New South Wales was last redistributed. Further details of the 1999 redistribution process are in Electoral Newsfile number 80 and number 82.

The new federal electoral boundaries for the 50 divisions in New South Wales have been finalised by the augmented Electoral Commission for New South Wales.

On 26 February 1999, the Electoral Commission directed that a redistribution of electoral Divisions commence in New South Wales. Electoral Newsfile number 82 (July 1999) outlined the Redistribution Committee for New South Wales' proposal.

The augmented Electoral Commission considered 206 objections and 17 comments on the objections to the proposal, as well as the material put before it during a public inquiry held on 7 October 1999.

In announcing its determination on 5 November 1999, the augmented Electoral Commission substantialy adopted the Redistribution Committee's proposal, except for the following changes.

Changes to the Redistribution

Committee's proposal

Divisions of Berowra and Mitchell

The locality of Castle Hill, including the Anglican Retirement Villages, has been moved to Mitchell. As a consequence, an area of Baulkham Hills Local Government Area, from Middle Dural to Wisemans Ferry, has been moved from Mitchell to Berowra.

Summary of movement of electors between divisions
Electors in New South Wales at 26 February 1999 4 110 100  
Electors remaining within their current Division 3 680 537 89%
Electors transferred to another Division 429 563 11%

Divisions of Gilmore and Hume

The locality of New Berrima has been united with the remainder of Berrima in Hume.

Divisions of Lyne and Paterson

Great Lakes Local Government Area has been united in Paterson.

Divisions of Lindsay and Macquarie

Whilst no objection was lodged, it was brought to the augmented Electoral Commission's attention that a small number of electors in the proposed Macquarie were isolated from the rest of the Division, and so these electors have been moved to Lindsay.

Names of Divisions

The augmented Electoral Commission confirmed the Redistribution Committee's assessment that the proposed Divisions can be readily identified with the existing 50 Divisions and determined to retain the names of the existing Divisions, while removing the hyphen from the spelling of the name 'Kingsford Smith'.

In addition, the augmented Electoral Commission decided that the name of the Division of Macarthur should be considered to honour Elizabeth Macarthur (1769–1850) as well as John Macarthur (1767–1834), in recognition of both of their contributions to the development of New South Wales. The Division of Macarthur was named after Captain Macarthur when first proclaimed in 1949.

Conclusion of redistribution process

The augmented Electoral Commission considered the merit of other changes proposed in objections, and comments on the objections, but concluded that the criteria of the Commonwealth Electoral Act were able to be met more completely by retaining the boundaries proposed by the Redistribution Committee.

The augmented Electoral Commission resolved that the agreed changes were not significant, therefore the redistribution process was concluded without the need for further objections or hearings.

What is a redistribution?

A redistribution is a redrawing of electoral boundaries to ensure that, as nearly as practicable, there are the same number of electors in each Division for a given State or Territory.

At the beginning of the process, the Electoral Commissioner determines the 'quota', or the average number of electors for each Division.

The number of people enrolled in each electoral Division may not vary by more or less than 10% of the quota.

Determination of quota at 26 February 1999
Number of Divisions into which New South Wales is to be distributed 50
Number of electors enrolled in New South Wales 4 110 100
Quota for New South Wales 82 202
Maximum number of electors (+10%) in a Division 90 422
Minimum number of electors (-10%) in a Division 73 982

Three and a half years after the redistribution, the number of people enrolled in each Division should be within plus or minus 3.5% of the projected average enrolment.

ENROLMENT PROJECTIONS FOR 30 JUNE 2003
Number of Divisions into which New South Wales is to be distributed 50
Projected number of electors in New South Wales 4 392 223
Projected average enrolment for New South Wales 87 844
Projected average enrolment plus 3.5% 90 918
Projected average enrolment minus 3.5% 84 770
STATISTICAL SUMMARY OF THE REDISTRIBUTION
  26 February 30 June 2003
  Division No. of electors Variation from Quota (%) Projected number of electors Variation from average Divisional enrolment (%) Area (square kilometres)
1 Banks 83335 1.38 86364 -1.68 54.48
2 Barton 85591 4.12 87167 -0.77 42.15
3 Bennelong 85422 3.92 88920 1.22 53.15
4 Berowra 83332 1.37 88868 1.17 711.91
5 Blaxland 82392 0.23 86347 -1.70 54.09
6 Bradfield 88134 7.22 89796 2.22 96.59
7 Calare 83454 1.52 86370 -1.68 21621.37
8 Charlton 81112 -1.33 85200 -3.01 567.53
9 Chifley 82119 -0.10 89560 1.95 109.95
10 Cook 81530 -0.82 85538 -2.63 188.76
11 Cowper 77392 -5.85 85598 -2.56 7699.59
12 Cunningham 80989 -1.48 86891 -1.08 489.80
13 Dobell 77409 -5.83 85492 -2.68 951.89
14 Eden-Monaro 79594 -3.17 87600 -0.28 30945.90
15 Farrer 84047 2.24 87392 -0.51 96844.04
16 Fowler 83098 1.09 88821 1.11 47.41
17 Gilmore 78993 -3.90 86640 -1.37 5612.41
18 Grayndler 85175 3.62 87070 -0.88 29.30
19 Greenway 81710 -0.60 86963 -1.00 119.73
20 Gwydir 85002 3.41 85043 -3.19 185604.20
21 Hughes 83004 0.98 89586 1.98 265.09
22 Hume 81561 -0.78 88115 0.31 25948.11
23 Hunter 82561 0.44 86983 -0.98 10593.50
24 Kingsford Smith 86641 5.40 90237 2.72 62.32
25 Lindsay 78157 -4.92 85492 -2.68 350.82
26 Lowe 81518 -0.83 86010 -2.09 40.97
27 Lyne 83188 1.20 89608 2.01 9291.11
28 Macarthur 74115 -9.84 89829 2.26 572.77
29 Mackellar 84716 3.06 88008 0.19 229.21
30 Macquarie 83849 2.00 90777 3.34 4196.69
31 Mitchell 78465 -4.55 90353 2.86 182.12
32 Newcastle 87803 6.81 89466 1.85 198.51
33 New England 84028 2.22 85167 -3.05 53857.99
34 North Sydney 86185 4.85 90387 2.89 38.61
35 Page 81866 -0.41 86865 -1.11 16682.25
36 Parkes 83286 1.32 85685 -2.46 268674.30
37 Parramatta 86696 5.47 90618 3.16 61.35
38 Paterson 78355 -4.68 85538 -2.63 9632.36
39 Prospect 85694 4.25 90786 3.35 158.74
40 Reid 76022 -7.52 90227 2.71 61.79
41 Richmond 75686 -7.93 87840 -0.01 2137.17
42 Riverina 86494 5.22 89392 1.76 44970.51
43 Robertson 81480 -0.88 88778 1.06 785.07
44 Shortland 83460 1.53 89364 1.73 303.68
45 Sydney 76978 -6.36 86274 -1.79 49.92
46 Throsby 80697 -1.83 86505 -1.52 387.45
47 Warringah 84641 2.97 87657 -0.21 55.71
48 Watson 82939 0.90 85680 -2.46 33.08
49 Wentworth 86046 4.68 89784 2.21 26.12
50 Werriwa 74139 -9.81 89572 1.97 168.40
  Total 4110100   4392223    

Further details of the 1999 redistribution of federal electoral boundaries in New South Wales are contained in Electoral Newsfile number 80 and number 82.

STEPS IN THE NEW SOUTH WALES REDISTRIBUTION PROCESS
26 February 1999 Redistribution directed and quota struck
The Electoral Commission directed that a redistribution commence in New South Wales. The Electoral Commissioner determined the quota of electors in each Division in New South Wales to be 82 202.
2 March Redistribution Committee for New South Wales appointed
17 March Public suggestions and comments invited
16 April Period for suggestions closed
The Redistribution Committee received 11 suggestions for the redistribution.
30 April Period for comments on suggestions closed
Forty-one comments were received on the suggestions.
16 July Redistribution Committee for New South Wales issued its proposed redistribution and invited objections to the proposal.
Notice of the proposed redistribution was published in the Gazette. Detailed maps, statistical tables and the Committee's rationale for the proposal were published in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Daily Telegraph.
13 August Period for objections to the proposal closed
206 objections were lodged.
27 August Period for comments on objections closed
16 comments on the objections were received.
7 October Public inquiry by augmented Electoral Commission for New South Wales
18 people made submissions at the public inquiry.
5 November Augmented Electoral Commission issued public notice of its decisions
11 February 2000 Redistribution determined
The augmented Electoral Commission's determination published in the Gazette and final report released.
Augmented Electoral Commission for New South Wales
Chairman of the Australian Electoral Commission Hon Trevor Morling QC
Electoral Commissioner Bill Gray AM
Non-judicial member of Australian Electoral Commission Bill McLennan AM
Australian Electoral Officer for New South Wales Frances Howat
Surveyor-General of New South Wales Don Grant AM
Auditor-General of New South Wales Bob Sendt

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