Electors in the Northern Territory will elect two members to the House of Representatives at the next federal election, following a Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill receiving Royal Assent on 20 April 2004.
The Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Act 2004 sets aside the determination made in 2003, which saw the Northern Territory revert from two electoral divisions (Divisions of Lingiari and Solomon) to one (The Division of the Northern Territory). The amendment now replaces the Division of Northern Territory with the Divisions of Lingiari and Solomon.
As a result of this amendment, at the next federal election, Northern Territory electors will elect members to the House of Representatives for the Divisions of Lingiari and Solomon. The electoral boundaries for these Divisions remain the same as those in place for the 2001 election. Maps are available below.
The new Act amends the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, and gives effect to the Government Response to the recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM) in its report: Territory Representation (Report of the Inquiry into Increasing the Minimum Representation for the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory in the House of Representatives).
As at 30 April 2004 there were 56 747 people enrolled to vote in the Division of Lingiari and 52 723 people enrolled in the Division of Solomon.
The Australian Electoral Commission will inform people in the Northern Territory of the polling arrangements for the two divisions in the lead up to the next election.
Members of the media are asked to use the Media Liaison and Head Office contact numbers listed rather than the general enquiry number 13 23 26 which appears on AEC advertising.
|(02) 6271 4400|
Public Awareness, Media & Research
|(02) 6271 4477|
Media & Communication
|(02) 6271 4415|
Media & Communication
|(02) 6271 4721
(02) 6271 4431
(02) 6271 4529
|(02) 6271 4720|
Terry Rushton (02) 6271 4468
The administration of a Federal Election in each State and Territory is under the control of the Australian Electoral Officer (AEO) for that State or Territory. An AEO for the ACT is temporarily appointed for each election.
|New South Wales|
|David Farrell||Ph. (02) 9375 6333 Fx. (02) 9281 9384|
|Daryl Wight||Ph. (03) 9285 7171 Fx. (03) 9285 7178|
|Anne Bright||Ph. (07) 3834 3400Fx. (07) 3831 7223|
|Jennie Gzik||Ph. (08) 6363 8080 Fx. (08) 6363 8051|
|Chris Drury||Ph. (08) 8237 6555 Fx. (08) 8231 2664|
|Alex Stanelos||Ph. (03) 6235 0500 Fx. (03) 6234 4268|
|Bill Shepheard||Ph. (08) 8982 8000 Fx. (08) 8981 7964|
The following Newsfiles were published specifically for the 2003 Redistribution and are currently available from the AEC website.