On 23 December 1999, the Australian Electoral Commission directed that a redistribution of electoral boundaries commence in Western Australia, after determining that, as a result of changes in population, the Parliamentary representation entitlement of Western Australia had changed. The redistribution process was outlined in Electoral Newsfile number 88.
Following a public consultation process, which resulted in the receipt of 11 suggestions and 6 comments on the suggestions, the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia announced its proposals for the names and boundaries of the 15 Federal Electoral Divisions in the State.
Western Australia continues to experience high rates of growth on the outer metropolitan fringe, particularly north in the Cities of Wanneroo, Joondalup and Swan, east in the Shires of Mundaring and Kalamunda, south-east in the Cities of Gosnells and Armadale and south in the Cities of Rockingham, Mandurah and Bunbury. Growth rates generally are uneven and it is of particular note that there is low growth forecast for rural areas of the State and parts of the western metropolitan area, both north and south of the Swan River.
The Committee identified that due to the requirement to accommodate an additional Division, there would be a general need to shed electors from all existing Divisions. The Committee also acknowledged the change to the criteria for determining boundaries, such that existing boundaries are subordinate to other criteria (community of interest, social and regional interests, means of communication and travel and physical features and area). However, the Committee was also mindful to disrupt as few electors as possible, and therefore adopted a minimal approach wherever it could do so. Finally, the Committee considered the suggestions and comments received, which were generally consistent in recommending that Local Government, locality and natural boundaries be used where possible.
The Committee's deliberations have resulted in 14 of the 15 proposed Divisions being readily identified with the existing Divisions. The Committee therefore proposed retention of the names of the existing Divisions, in addition to the adoption of the name of Hasluck for the new Division. This recognises the service rendered to Australia by Sir Paul Meernaa Caedwalla Hasluck and Dame Alexandra Margaret Martin Hasluck.
Notice of the Redistribution Committee's proposal was published in the Commonwealth Gazette on 26 May 2000.Outline maps of theproposed redistribution and a notice inviting objections against the proposal were published in The West Australian and The Australian newspapers on 26 May 2000.
The Commitee's Report is available for inspection at all Divisional Offices of the Australian Electoral Commission in Western Australia, at the AEC's Head Office in each capital city and its Central Office in Canberra. For the address of the nearest AEC office, phone 13 23 26 (cost of a local call). Copies of the report are available from the office of the Australian Electoral Officer (AEO) for Western Australia at:
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Objections to the Redistribution Committee's proposed boundaries and names must be lodged with the AEC at the address of the AEO for Western Australia by 6pm on Friday 23 June 2000.
These objections will be available for public inspection at the office of the AEO for Western Australia from 9am on Monday 26 June 2000.
Comments on any objections must be lodged with the AEC at the office of the AEO for Western Australia by 6pm on Friday 7 July 2000.
All objections and comments will be considered by the augmented Electoral Commission for Western Australia. The augmented Electoral Commission comprises the members of the Redistribution Committee, together with the Chairperson of the AEC and the non-judicial member of the AEC.
The augmented Electoral Commission may hold public hearings and, if necessary, will make a revised proposal. If the revised proposal is considered sufficiently different to the Redistribution Committee's proposal, further objections will be invited. The augmented Commission will consider any further objections lodged in response to a revised proposal and will then make a final determination of divisional boundaries and names. Details of the determination will be published and tabled in Federal Parliament. The final determination is not subject to appeal.
For voting purposes the new boundaries will come into effect at the next general election, although electoral enrolment on the new boundaries will commence from the date the final determination is made.
A redistribution is a redrawing of electoral boundaries to ensure that, as nearly as is practicable, there are the same number of electors in each Division within a State or Territory.
A quota is used to determine the number of Divisions to which each State and Territory is entitled. At the time of a redistribution, the number of people enrolled in each new electoral Division may not vary from the State average by more than 10%. The boundaries are drawn so that after 3.5 years (31 March 2004 in Western Australia), the projected number of people enrolled in each Division should not vary from the State average by more than 3.5%.
The Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 defines three triggers that can cause a redistribution. A redistribution is held when:
Western Australia was last redistributed in 1997 (commenced in 1996), as seven years had elapsed since the previous redistribution in 1989.
|Number of Divisions into which Western Australia is to be redistributed||15|
|Number of electors in Western Australia||1 184 058|
|Quota for Western Australia||78 937|
|Permissible maximum number of electors (+10%) in a Division||86 830|
|Permissible minimum number of electors (-10%) in a Division||71 044|
|At the midpoint of the expected life of the redistribution, the number of people enrolled in each Division should be within plus or minus 3.5% of the projected average enrolment.|
|Proposed name of Division||Actual
|Brand||74 528||-5.59||88 665||1.45||18.97||429.51|
|Canning||72 045||-8.73||86 896||-0.58||20.61||7 158.91|
|Cowan||77 536||-1.77||89 164||2.02||15.00||195.85|
|Curtin||83 424||5.68||85 898||-1.72||2.97||89.48|
|Forrest||79 009||0.09||90 070||3.05||14.00||21 142.62|
|Fremantle||78 079||-1.09||86 479||-1.05||10.76||199.33|
|Hasluck||78 772||-0.21||86 101||-1.49||9.30||197.29|
|Kalgoorlie||82 701||4.77||89 775||2.72||8.55||2 295 354.21|
|Moore||72 538||-8.11||84 988||-2.76||17.16||78.49|
|O'Connor||82 894||5.01||86 790||-0.7||4.70||179 047.29|
|Pearce||73 692||-6.64||87 819||0.48||19.17||26 296.35|
|Perth||81 090||2.73||87 333||-0.08||7.70||73.02|
|Stirling||86 076||9.04||88 758||1.55||3.12||76.33|
|Swan||78 145||-1||84 956||-2.8||8.72||108.55|
|Tangney||83 529||5.82||87 310||-0.1||4.53||69.97|
|WA||1 184 058||0||1 311 002||0||10.72||2 527 517.2|
|Number of Divisions into which Western Australia is to be redistributed||15|
|Projected number of electors in Western Australia||1 311 002|
|Projected average enrolment||87 400|
|Projected average enrolment plus 3.5%||90 459|
|Projected average enrolment minus 3.5%||84 341|
|Electoral Commissioner||Mr Andy Becker|
|Australian Electoral Officer for Western Australia||Mr Andrew Moyes|
|Surveyor-General for Western Australia||Mr Henry Houghton|
|Auditor-General for Western Australia||Mr Des Pearson|
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