On 12 March 2003, the Electoral Commission directed that a Redistribution of electoral divisions commence in Queensland. As a consequence of a determination of State and Territory entitlements made by the Electoral Commissioner on 19 February 2003, Queensland is entitled to 28 Members of the House of Representatives, one more than its previous entitlement. The redistribution process was outlined in Electoral Newsfile number 110.
Section 66 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 requires the Redistribution Committee to divide the State into electoral divisions by meeting statistical requirements, so that, as nearly as practicable, each division has the same number of electors. In developing its proposal, the Redistribution Committee must take into account community of interests, communication and transport links, natural features and current boundaries.
Following a public consultation process, which resulted in 29 suggestions and 14 comments on those suggestions, the Redistribution Committee for Queensland has announced its proposal for the names and boundaries of 28 Federal Electoral Divisions in Queensland.
The enrolment statistics and projections for Queensland show that growth has been uneven across the State. Growth rates of more than 10 per cent are projected for the current Divisions of Bowman, Brisbane, Dickson, Fadden, Fairfax, Fisher, Forde, Griffith, Herbert, Longman, McPherson, Moncrieff, Petrie, Rankin and Ryan. The remainder of the State is projected to grow at less than 10 percent.
In developing the proposed Redistribution, the Redistribution Committee was mindful of areas of population growth and decline, limitations posed by major geographical features and State borders, and guided by boundaries of a municipal district, wherever possible, as indicators of community of interests.
The Committee also sought to achieve as little disruption as possible to electors in proposing new electoral boundaries. Under the proposed Redistribution, 396 008 electors (approximately 16.8%) would be moved from their current divisions.
The redistribution was achieved with no changes to 3 electoral divisions. Some rural divisions needed to increase in area to accommodate declining voter numbers.
High population growth, particularly in southeastern Queensland, has resulted in significant changes in these areas. This includes the creation of the new Division of Bonner.
Maps outlining the proposed divisions and a statistical summary of each division are included in this Newsfile.
The Redistribution Committee believes that all 27 existing divisions are readily identifiable with proposed divisions. The new Division of Bonner is created and is named after the former Senator and Jagera elder Neville Bonner.
The proposed Redistribution was advertised in the Commonwealth Gazette, on Friday 22 August 2003 and in The Courier Mail and The Sunday Mail on 23 and 24 August 2003 respectively.
The Redistribution Committee's detailed report, including maps, was published on 22 August 2003. The Report is available for inspection at all Divisional Offices of the Australian Electoral Commission in Queensland, at the Commission's Head Office in each capital city and the Central Office in Canberra.
For the address of the nearest Australian Electoral Commission office, please ring 13 23 26 (cost of a local call). Copies of the report are available from the office of the Australian Electoral Officer for Queensland at:
Level 7 Collection House
488 Queen St
Brisbane Qld 4000
Phone: (07) 3834 3488
Fax: (07) 3831 9683
The report can also be viewed at the Australian Electoral Commission's website at www.aec.gov.au.
Written objections to the Redistribution Committee's proposed boundaries and names must be lodged at the office of the Australian Electoral Officer for Queensland by 6pm on Friday 19 September 2003.
These objections will be available for public inspection at the office of the Australian Electoral Officer for Queensland from 9am on Monday 22 September 2003.
Written comments on any objections must be received at the office of the Australian Electoral Officer for Queensland by 6pm on Friday 3 October 2003.
All objections and comments will be considered by the augmented Electoral Commission, which consists of the Chairman of the Electoral Commission, Hon Trevor Morling QC, the non-judicial Commissioner, Mr Dennis Trewin, Australian Statistician, and the Redistribution Committee for Queensland.
The augmented Electoral Commission may hold public hearings and, if necessary, will make a revised proposal. The augmented Commission will also 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. The new boundaries will come into effect at the next General Election.
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 percent. The boundaries are drawn so that after 3½ years (31 July 2007 for Queensland), the number of people enrolled in each division should not vary from the State average by more than 3.5 percent.
The Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 defines three triggers that can cause a redistribution. A redistribution is held when:
Queensland was last redistributed in December 1997, when the State's entitlement was increased from 26 Members of the House of Representatives to 27.
Mr Andy Becker
Ms Anne Bright
Australian Electoral Officer for Queensland
Mr Len Scanlan
Auditor General of Queensland
Mr Graeme Rush
Land Management and Use, Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland
|Number of Divisions into which Queensland is to be distributed||28|
|Number of Electors in Queensland as at 18 January 2002||2 354 176|
|Quota for Queensland||84 078|
|Permissible maximum number of electors (+10%) in a Division||92 485|
|Permissible minimum number of electors (-10%) in a Division||75 671|
|Projected number of electors in Queensland as at 31 July 2007||2 621 489|
|Average enrolment for Queensland projected at 31 July 2007||93 625|
|103.5% of average enrolment projected at 31 July 2007||96 901|
|96.5% of average enrolment projected at 31 July 2007||90 348|
|Division||Actual||Var% (A)||Projected||Var% (P)||Area (sq km)|
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