On 10 February 1999, the Electoral Commission directed that a redistribution of electoral boundaries commence in South Australia. The redistribution was triggered as seven years had elapsed since South Australia was last redistributed. Further details of the 1999 redistribution process for South Australia are in Electoral Newsfile numbers 80 and 81.
The new federal electoral boundaries for the 12 Divisions in South Australia have been finalised by the augmented Electoral Commission for South Australia.
The determination of the augmented Commission is that the boundaries of the electoral Divisions in South Australia, and the names of those Divisions, shall be as proposed by the Redistribution Committee for South Australia in their report published on 21 May 1999. Electoral Newsfile number 81 (May 1999) outlined the proposals of the Redistribution Committee for South Australia.
The augmented Commission considered four objections and one comment on the objections to the proposals. The augmented Commission determined that the matters raised in the objections were substantially the same as those already raised in the suggestions and comments lodged with the Redistribution Committee, so decided not to hold a further public inquiry into the objections.
On 12 July 1999 the augmented Commission announced its determination that it had adopted, without change, the Proposal of the Redistribution Committee for South Australia. As the augmented Commission's Proposal did not differ from that of the Redistribution Committee the redistribution process was concluded without the need for inviting further objections.
The augmented Electoral Commission confirmed the Redistribution Committee's assessment that the proposed Divisions can be readily identified with the existing 12 Divisions and determined to retain the names of the existing Divisions.
South Australia was last redistributed in 1992 as a result of a reduction in its entitlement to Members in the House of Representatives. At that time the State was reduced from 13 Divisions to 12.
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.
|Electors in South Australia at 10 February 1999||1 024 632|
|Electors remaining in their current Division||983 379||95.97%|
|Electors transferred to another Division||41 253||4.03%|
|10 February 1999||Redistribution directed and quota struck
The Electoral Commission directed that a redistribution commence in South Australia. The Electoral Commissioner determined the quota of electors in each Division in South Australia to be 85 386.
|15 February 1999||Redistribution Committee for South Australia appointed|
|17 February 1999||Public suggestions and comments invited|
|19 March 1999||Period for suggestions closed
The Redistribution Committee received 10 suggestions for the redistribution.
|6 April 1999||Period for comments on suggestions closed
Eleven comments were received on the suggestions.
|21 May 1999||Redistribution Committee for South Australia 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 Australian and The Advertiser.
|18 June 1999||Period for objections to the proposal closed
Four objections were lodged.
|2 July 1999||Period for comments on objections closed
One comment on the objections was received.
|12 July 1999||Augmented Electoral Commission issued public notice of its decisions|
|13 August 1999||Redistribution determined
The augmented Electoral Commission's determination published in the Gazette and final report released.
|1 September 1999||Report of the augmented Electoral Commission tabled in Parliament|
|Chairman of the Australian Electoral Commission||Hon Trevor Morling QC|
|Electoral Commissioner||Bill Gray AM|
|Non-judicial member of the Australian Electoral Commission||Bill McLennan AM|
|Australian Electoral Officer for South Australia||Geoff Halsey|
|Surveyor-General for South Australia||Peter Kentish|
|Auditor-General of South Australia||Ken MacPherson|
|Number of Divisions into which South Australia is to be distributed||12|
|Number of electors enrolled in South Australia||1 024 632|
|Quota for South Australia||85 386|
|Maximum number of electors (+10%) in a Division||93 924|
|Minimum number of electors (-10%) in a Division||76 848|
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.
|10 February 1999||30 June 2001|
|Division||No. of electors||Variation from Quota %||Projected number of electors||Variation from average Divisional enrolment %||Area (sq.kms)|
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