Electoral Newsfile 112: 2003 Redistribution of Federal Electoral Boundaries - Final Boundaries for Queensland

Updated: 7 February 2011

January 2004

The new boundaries and names for the 28 Federal Electoral Divisions in Queensland have been finalised by the augmented Electoral Commission for Queensland. The determination of boundaries and names was gazetted on 25 November 2003.

Redistribution Process

On 12 March 2003, the Australian Electoral Commission directed the commencement of a Redistribution of electoral boundaries 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 No. 110.

Following a public consultation process, the Redistribution Committee for Queensland published its proposal for the names and boundaries of the 28 Federal Electoral Divisions on 22 August 2003. The Redistribution Committee's proposal was outlined in Electoral Newsfile No. 111.

The augmented Electoral Commission held a public inquiry into objections to the proposed redistribution and, on 10 November 2003, announced its decision on the new boundaries and names for Queensland.

Names of Divisions

The final determination has resulted in the names of the existing 27 Divisions being retained as they are readily identified with the existing Divisions. The Redistribution Committee's proposal to name the new Division Bonner was supported by the augmented Electoral Commission. In naming the new Division, the Committee recognised the service rendered to Queensland by Neville Thomas Bonner AO.

Conclusion of Redistribution Process

The augmented Electoral Commission substantially adopted the Redistribution Committee's proposal except for a few minor changes.

The Commission adopted a revised boundary between the Divisions of Fairfax and Fisher in the Maroochydore area. It will follow Cornmeal Creek, Southern Drive and the Sunshine Motorway to Maroochydore Road. The boundary between the Divisions of Fisher and Longman has been altered so that all of the localities of Glenview (west of Glasshouse Mountains Rd) and Mooloolah Valley are in the Divisions of Fisher.

The Commission determined to retain the pre-existing boundary between the Divisions of Brisbane and Ryan in The Gap and retain the suburbs of Milton and Paddington in the Division of Brisbane. To provide a clear boundary between the Divisions of Brisbane and Petrie in the Stafford/Everton Park area the Commission adopted a boundary using Wilgarning, Barokee, Barbigal, Redwood and Felstead Sts between Stafford and Old Northern Roads.

The Commission determined to retain the suburb of Yeronga in the Division of Moreton whilst retaining a clear boundary between these two divisions. The boundary will follow the locality of Yeronga and then Villa St, Cracknell, Toohey, Weller, Birdwood and Marshall Roads to the South East Freeway.

To retain a clear boundary and keep the bulk of the suburb of Blackstone in one division the Commission determined the boundary between the Divisions of Blair and Oxley to be the Cunningham Highway between Redbank Plains Road and Bundamba Creek and then Bundamba Creek to Robertson Rd.

Outline maps of the final boundaries are included in this Newsfile. The full report of the augmented Electoral Commission for Queensland is available on the AEC's web site at www.aec.gov.au. Copies can also be obtained from the Australian Electoral Commission State Head Office in Queensland or from Central Office in Canberra. Contact details are shown below.

What is a redistribution?

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 and a half years (31 July 2007 in Queensland), the projected number of people enrolled in each Division should not vary from the State average by more than 3.5 percent.

Summary of Movement of Electors between Divisions
Number of Electors remaining in their Existing Division 1 961 355
Number of Electors transferred to another Division 392 821
TOTAL 2 354 176
Determination of Quota at 12 March 2003
Number of Divisions into which Queensland is to be redistributed 28
Number of Electors in Queensland as at 12 March 2003 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
Enrolment Projections for 31 July 2007
Projected number of Electors in Queensland as at 31 July 2007 2 621 489
Average projected enrolment for 28 Divisions 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 90 349
*At the mid-point 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.

Maps

Statistical Summary of the Redistribution
Division Actual Var% Projected Var% Area
(A) (P) (sq km)
Blair 87171 3.68 92524 -1.18 14860
Bonner 84311 0.28 95968 2.50 358
Bowman 81718 -2.81 93842 0.23 573
Brisbane 83834 -0.29 94643 1.09 77
Capricornia 88717 5.52 91062 -2.74 125136
Dawson 87398 3.95 93437 -0.20 22515
Dickson 80206 -4.61 92029 -1.70 708
Fadden 75838 -9.80 96668 3.25 524
Fairfax 79667 -5.25 93699 -0.08 1880
Fisher 79326 -5.65 94100 0.51 787
Forde 80422 -4.35 92787 -0.90 5202
Griffith 86970 3.44 93983 0.38 59
Groom 85038 1.14 92665 -1.03 6452
Herbert 83435 -0.76 92957 -0.71 1997
Hinkler 88788 5.60 94524 0.96 35330
Kennedy 90860 8.07 95378 1.87 564701
Leichhardt 85467 1.65 93124 -0.54 150676
Lilley 89238 6.14 93928 0.32 142
Longman 81010 -3.65 94932 1.40 1673
McPherson 78087 -7.13 94545 0.98 355
Maranoa 86946 3.41 90922 -2.89 779329
Moncrieff 81002 -3.66 93173 -0.48 129
Moreton 84444 0.44 95475 1.98 101
Oxley 85221 1.36 94916 1.38 302
Petrie 83679 -0.47 93395 -0.25 144
Rankin 87349 3.89 94557 1.00 160
Ryan 84081 0.00 91646 -2.11 415
Wide Bay 83953 -0.15 90610 -3.22 19604
Queensland 2354176   2621489   1734189
Steps in the Queensland 2003 Redistribution Process
12 March 2003 Redistribution directed and quota determined. The Electoral Commission directed the commencement of a redistribution in Queensland. The Electoral Commissioner determined the quota of Electors for each Division in Queensland to be 84 078.
21 May 2003 Public suggestions and comments invited by Electoral Commissioner.
2 June 2003 Redistribution Committee appointed
20 June 2003 Period for suggestions closed.

The Redistribution Committee received 29 written suggestions from organisations and individuals.
4 July 2003 Period for comments on suggestions closed.

The Redistribution Committee received 14 written comments on suggestions.
22 August 2003 Proposed Redistribution published by Redistribution Committee and objections invited. Notice of the proposed redistribution was published in the Commonwealth Gazette and advertisements in The Age and Herald Sun newspapers on 30 August 2002.
19 September 2003 Period for Objections to proposal closed.

The Electoral Commission received 35 written objections to the redistribution proposal from organisations and individuals.
3 October 2003 Period for Comments on Objections closed.

The Electoral Commission received 14 written comments on objections.
16 October 2003 Public inquiry into Objections held in Brisbane by the augmented Electoral Commission for Queensland.
10 November 2003 Augmented Electoral Commission announces its decision on final boundaries and names.
25 November 2003 Redistribution determined.

The determination by the augmented Electoral Commission of final boundaries and names is gazetted.
2 December 2003 Report of the augmented Electoral Commission for Queensland tabled in Commonwealth Parliament.

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Victoria

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Western Australia

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Tasmania

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Northern Territory

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