Proposed redistribution of Northern Territory into electoral divisions

Updated: 9 September 2016

Appendices

Appendix A: Summary of compliance with legislative requirements

Provision of the Electoral Act Requirement Compliance
para 59(2)(c) Basis for conducting redistribution More than seven years had elapsed since the last redistribution of the Northern Territory was determined on Friday 19 September 2008
para 59(2)(c) The redistribution was required to commence within 30 days after the expiration of the period of seven years The redistribution commenced on Thursday 15 October 2015
ss.59(1) Direction to commence redistribution via notice published in the Gazette Gazette notice published on Thursday 15 October 2015
ss.63A(4) Projection time for equality of enrolments The Electoral Commission noted on Monday 12 October 2015 that the projection time is Friday 7 August 2020
ss.65(1) Determination of current enrolment quota by written instrument The Electoral Commissioner determined the quota by signing the written instrument on Wednesday 21 October 2015
ss.60(1) Appointment of the Redistribution Committee by written instrument The Electoral Commission signed the written instrument on Wednesday 2 December 2015
ss.64(1) and (2) Invitation to make written suggestions and written comments on suggestions Gazette notice published on Wednesday 3 February 2016
Newspaper notices were published in:
  • The Atoll on Thursday 4 February 2016
  • The Islander on Friday 5 February 2016
  • The Northern Territory News and the Weekend Australian on Saturday 6 February 2016
  • The Koori Mail on Wednesday 10 February 2016
para 64(1)(a) Suggestions close at 6pm on the 5th Friday after publication of the Gazette notice Suggestions closed at 6pm (ACST) on Friday 4 March 2016
ss.64(3) Suggestions made available for public perusal on the 5th Monday after publication of the Gazette notice Suggestions were made available in the office of the Australian Electoral Officer for the Northern Territory on Monday 7 March 2016
para 64(1)(b) Comments on suggestions close at 6pm on the 7th Friday after publication of the Gazette notice Comments closed at 6pm (ACST) on Friday 18 March 2016
ss.64(4) Consideration of all suggestions and comments on suggestions received by the statutory timeframe The Redistribution Committee considered each of the six suggestions and one comment on suggestions received at their meetings
ss.66(1) The Redistribution Committee shall make a proposed redistribution The Redistribution Committee's proposed redistribution is stated in Chapter 2 of this report
s.56A Until the Electoral Commissioner determines the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands or Christmas Island is entitled to a member of the House of Representatives, a redistribution of the Northern Territory shall be such that both territories are included in the same electoral division The Redistribution Committee has decided to include the Territories of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island in the proposed Division of Lingiari
s.67 Reasons for the proposed redistribution are stated in writing The Redistribution Committee's reasons are stated in Chapter 2 and Appendix F of this report

Appendix B: Calculating the representation entitlements of the Northern Territory

Division 3 of Part III of the Electoral Act specifies the legislative requirements to be followed in determining the representation of each state and territory in the House of Representatives.

The Electoral Commissioner is required to follow this process once a House of Representatives has met continuously for a period of 12 months after the day of its first meeting.58 This process was most recently undertaken in November 2014.59

The Electoral Commissioner is first required to ascertain the number of people of:

  • the Commonwealth,
  • each of the States,
  • the Australian Capital Territory,
  • the Northern Territory,
  • the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands,
  • the Territory of Christmas Island, and
  • each of the other Territories.60

This ascertainment is to be made using statistics supplied by the Australian Statistician which have most recently before the reference day been compiled and published in a regular series under the Census and Statistics Act 1905.61 62

The populations ascertained by the then acting Electoral Commissioner are displayed in Table I.

Table I: Populations ascertained by the then acting Electoral Commissioner on Thursday 13 November 2014
Jurisdiction Population
The States
New South Wales 7 500 617
Victoria 5 821 269
Queensland 4 708 510
Western Australia 2 565 588
South Australia 1 682 635
Tasmania 514 684
The Commonwealth a 22 793 303
The Territories b
Australian Capital Territory c d 386 092
Northern Territory d 243 689
The Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands 572
The Territory of Christmas Island 2 217
Australian Antarctic Territory 102
Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands 0
Coral Sea Islands Territory 4
Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands 0

a. Pursuant to section 45 of the Electoral Act, the number of the people of the Commonwealth does not include the people of the Territories.

b. Pursuant to section 38A of the Electoral Act, the Territory of Norfolk Island is not taken to be a Territory for the purposes of this ascertainment.

c. Pursuant to section 4(1) of the Electoral Act, the Jervis Bay Territory is taken to be part of the Australian Capital Territory for the purposes of this ascertainment.

d. Pursuant to section 46(2) of the Electoral Act, a Norfolk Island resident who is enrolled in a Territory under section 95AA(3) of the Electoral Act is included in the count of the population of that Territory for the purposes of this ascertainment.

To determine the number of members of the House of Representatives each state and territory is entitled to, the Electoral Commissioner is required to calculate the population quota using the following formula:63


Number of the people of the Commonwealth as ascertained by the Electoral Commissioner divided by twice the number of senators for the States

Table J shows the figures used to calculate the population quota.

Table J: Population quota calculated on Thursday 13 November 2014
Number of the people of the Commonwealth as ascertained by the then acting Electoral Commissioner on Thursday 13 November 2014 22 793 303
Twice the number of senators for the States (2 x (12 x 6)) 144
Population quota 158 286.8264

Under section 56A of the Electoral Act, until such time as the the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands or the Territory of Christmas Island is entitled to a member of the House of Representatives, each Territory is to be included in the same electoral division in the Northern Territory. Table K shows the figures used to calculate the number of members of the House of Representatives the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and the Territory of Christmas Island are entitled to.

Table K: Calculation of the number of members of the House of Representatives to which the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and the Territory of Christmas Island are entitled
  Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands Territory of Christmas Island
Number of the people as ascertained by the then acting Electoral Commissioner on Thursday 13 November 2014 572 2 217
Population quota 158 286.8264 158 286.8264
Number of members of the House of Representatives for the Territory 0.0036 0.0140
Number of members of the House of Representatives for the Territory – application of rounding rule a 0 0

a. Paragraph 48(2A)(c) of the Electoral Act species that in calculating the number of members of the House of Representatives to chosen for a Territory, when the result of dividing the ascertained population by the population quota is a remainder that is greater than one-half of a quota, that number is increased by one.

As the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and the Territory of Christmas Island are not entitled to members of the House of Representatives, sub-section 48(2C) of the Electoral Act provides for the following to occur:

  • the ascertainment of the population of the Northern Territory is deemed to have never been made,
  • the number of the people of the Northern Territory will be ascertained, including the number of the people of the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and the Territory of Christmas Island, and
  • the Electoral Commissioner will use the newly ascertained number of people of the Northern Territory to determine the number of members of the House of Representatives to be chosen in the Northern Territory at a general election.

Table L shows the figures used to determine the population of the Northern Territory.

Table L: Calculation of the adjusted population of the Northern Territory
Number of the people of the Northern Territory as ascertained by the then acting Electoral Commissioner on Thursday 13 November 2014 243 689
Number of the people the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands as ascertained by the then acting Electoral Commissioner on Thursday 13 November 2014 572
Number of the people of the Territory of Christmas Island as ascertained by the then acting Electoral Commissioner on Thursday 13 November 2014 2 217
New ascertainment of the number of the people of the Northern Territory by the then acting Electoral Commissioner on Thursday 13 November 2014 246 478

Table M shows the figures used to calculate the number of members of the House of Representatives the Northern Territory is entitled to.

Table M: Calculation of the number of members of the House of Representatives to which the Northern Territory is entitled
Number of the people of the Northern Territory as ascertained by the then acting Electoral Commissioner on Thursday 13 November 2014 246 478
Population quota 158 286.8264
Number of members of the House of Representatives for the Northern Territory 1.5572
Number of members of the House of Representatives for the Northern Territory – application of rounding rule a 2

a. Paragraph 48(2A)(c) of the Electoral Act species that in calculating the number of members of the House of Representatives to chosen for a Territory, when the result of dividing the ascertained population by the population quota is a remainder that is greater than one-half of a quota, that number is increased by one.

Appendix C: Operation of statutory requirements for the making of a proposed redistribution

Section 66 of the Electoral Act requires the Redistribution Committee to abide by the following requirements:

  • make a proposed redistribution of the Northern Territory,
  • the number of electoral divisions the Northern Territory is to be divided into equal the number of members of the House of Representatives to be chosen in the Northern Territory at a general election, and
  • abide by the following requirements:
    1. In making the proposed redistribution, the Redistribution Committee:
      1. shall, as far as practicable, endeavour to ensure that, if the State or Territory were redistributed in accordance with the proposed redistribution, the number of electors enrolled in each Electoral Division in the State or Territory would not, at the projection time determined under section 63A, be less than 96.5% or more than 103.5% of the average divisional enrolment of that State or Territory at that time; and
      2. subject to paragraph (a), shall give due consideration, in relation to each proposed Electoral Division, to:
        1. community of interests within the proposed Electoral Division, including economic, social and regional interests;
        2. means of communication and travel within the proposed Electoral Division;
        1. the physical features and area of the proposed Electoral Division; and
        2. the boundaries of existing Divisions in the State or Territory;
          and subject thereto, the quota of electors for the State or Territory shall be the basis for the proposed redistribution, and the Redistribution Committee may adopt a margin of allowance, to be used whenever necessary, but in no case shall the quota be departed from to a greater extent than one-tenth more or one-tenth less.
    1. (A) When applying subsection (3), the Redistribution Committee must treat the matter in subparagraph (3)(b)(v) as subordinate to the matters in subparagraphs (3)(b)(i), (ii) and (iv).

These statutory requirements are expressed in a hierarchical order.

The purpose of paragraph 3(a) is suggested by its history. It has undergone some transformation since the Commonwealth Electoral Legislation Amendment Act 1983 stipulated that boundaries were to be drawn, as far as practicable, to achieve equal numbers of electors in each of a state's electoral divisions three-and-a-half years after a redistribution. By 1984 'it was observed that the three-and-a-half year rule had in some areas forced the adoption, on purely numerical grounds, of boundaries which took little account of perceived community of interest'.64 Therefore, in 1987, the rule was relaxed to permit a measure of tolerance to plus or minus two percent from average projected enrolment. Subsequently, the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters concluded that:

the numerical criteria do not allow "due consideration", in the words of the Act, to be given to the qualitative factors. Rather, the political parties and others attempting to frame electoral boundaries essentially find themselves engaged in a mathematical modelling exercise. In order to relax the enrolment requirements to that extent necessary to allow a realistic degree of flexibility the Committee recommends… that sub-sections 66(3)(a) and 73(4)(a) of the Electoral Act be amended, so as to extend the variation from average divisional enrolment allowed three-and-a-half years after a redistribution from two to 3.5 percent 65.

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters also, in the same report, refers to its recommended amendment as one that 'would maintain substantial restrictions on malapportionment [and] would allow other legitimate policy objectives to be more effectively met'.

Paragraph 3(a) follows this recommendation. The terms of the recommendation, and the discussion which preceded it, make clear the purpose of paragraph 3(a), as it now stands, and how it was intended to interact with the other criteria set out in the sub-paragraphs of paragraph (b), to which also 'due consideration' must be given. The Redistribution Committee has considered the suggestions and comments and made its proposed redistribution on this basis.

In summary, the primary criteria are to:

  • endeavour to ensure that the number of electors in the proposed electoral divisions are within a range of 3.5 per cent below or above the projected enrolment quota at the projection time, and
  • ensure that current enrolments are within 10 per cent below or above the current enrolment quota.

The secondary criteria are community of interests, means of communication and travel, and physical features and area. The Redistribution Committee also considers the boundaries of existing electoral divisions; however this criterion is subordinate to the others.

Appendix D: Suggestions for the Northern Territory redistribution

Six written suggestions were received.

No. Submitted by Topics referred to Divisions referred to
S1 Martin Gordon Division boundaries Lingiari and Solomon
S2 Jeff Waddell Division names and division boundaries Lingiari and Solomon
S3 Dr Mark Mulcair Division boundaries Lingiari and Solomon
S4 Darren McSweeney Division names and division boundaries Lingiari and Solomon
S5 Country Liberals (Northern Territory) Division names and division boundaries Lingiari and Solomon
S6 Warren Snowdon MHR on behalf of the Australian Labor Party Division names and division boundaries Lingiari and Solomon

Appendix E: Comments on suggestions for the Northern Territory redistribution

One written comment on suggestions was received.

No. Submitted by Topics referred to Divisions referred to Suggestions referred to in comment
CS1 Darren McSweeney Division boundaries Lingiari and Solomon S1
S2
S3
S5
S6

Appendix F: Redistribution Committee response to themes contained in suggestions and comments on suggestions

Suggestions and comments on suggestions recommend… Submission no. Submitted by The Redistribution Committee has proposed…
the name of the Division of Lingiari should remain unchanged S2 Jeff Waddell the name of the Division of Lingiari not be changed
S4 Darren McSweeney
S5 Country Liberals (Northern Territory)
S6 Warren Snowdon MHR on behalf of the Australian Labor Party
the name of the Division of Solomon should remain unchanged S2 Jeff Waddell the name of the Division of Solomon not be changed
S4 Darren McSweeney
S5 Country Liberals (Northern Territory)
S6 Warren Snowdon MHR on behalf of the Australian Labor Party
the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and the Territory of Christmas Island should remain in the Division of Lingiari S1 Martin Gordon retaining the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and the Territory of Christmas Island in the proposed Division of Lingiari
S4 Darren McSweeney
S5 Country Liberals (Northern Territory)
the Tiwi Islands should remain in the Division of Lingiari S4 Darren McSweeney retaining the Tiwi Islands in the proposed Division of Lingiari
the Litchfield Municipality should be entirely within the Division of Lingiari S1 Martin Gordon that the portion of Litchfield Municipality located in the current Division of Solomon should be transferred into the proposed Division of Lingiari, which would result in the entirety of the Litchfield Municipality being located in the proposed Division of Lingiari
S2 Jeff Waddell
S3 Dr Mark Mulcair
S4 Darren McSweeney
S5 Country Liberals (Northern Territory)
the Palmerston Municipality in its entirety should be located in the proposed Division of Solomon S1 Martin Gordon that the suburbs of Farrar, Johnston, Mitchell, Zuccoli and part of the suburb of Yarrawonga, located in the Palmerston Municipality, should be transferred from the current Division of Solomon to the proposed Division of Lingiari in order to comply with the numerical requirements of the Electoral Act and for reasons of community of interest
the suburbs of Leanyer and Muirhead, located in the Darwin Municipality, should be transferred from the current Division of Solomon to the proposed Division of Lingiari. The boundary between the two electoral divisions would be: the Darwin Municipality/Litchfield Municipality border and the Sturt Highway, Vanderlin Drive and Lee Point Road S1 Martin Gordon that, for reasons of community of interest and means of travel and communication within the proposed electoral division, the suburbs of Leanyer and Muirhead remain in the proposed Division of Solomon
the suburbs of Leanyer and Muirhead, located in the Darwin Municipality, should not be transferred from the current Division of Solomon to the proposed Division of Lingiari CS1 Darren McSweeney for reasons of community of interest and means of travel and communication within the proposed electoral division, the suburbs of Leanyer and Muirhead remain in the proposed Division of Solomon
the Darwin Municipality should form the basis of the proposed Division of Solomon S2 Jeff Waddell proposed the Darwin Municipality remain in the proposed Division of Solomon
the northern and eastern parts of the Palmerston Municipality should be transferred from the current Division of Solomon to the proposed Division of Lingiari. The boundary between the two electoral divisions would be: the Darwin Municipality/Litchfield Municipality border, Stuart Highway, Roystonea Avenue, Temple Terrace, Chung Wah Terrace, Buscall Avenue, Lambrick Avenue, Mitchell Creek and the Elizabeth River S2 Jeff Waddell that, in order to comply with the numerical requirements of the Electoral Act and for reasons of community of interest:
  • the suburbs of Farrar, Johnston, Mitchell, Zuccoli and part of the suburb of Yarrawonga, located in the Palmerston Municipality, should be transferred from the current Division of Solomon to the proposed Division of Lingiari
  • the suburb of Archer, located in the Palmerston Municipality, should remain in the proposed Division of Solomon and not be transferred to the proposed Division of Lingiari
the suburbs of Archer, Farrer, Johnston, Mitchell, Yarrawonga and/or Zuccoli, located in the Palmerston Municipality, should be transferred from the current Division of Solomon to the proposed Division of Lingiari S2 Jeff Waddell that, in order to comply with the numerical requirements of the Electoral Act and for reasons of community of interest:
  • the suburbs of Farrar, Johnston, Mitchell, Zuccoli and part of the suburb of Yarrawonga, located in the Palmerston Municipality, should be transferred from the current Division of Solomon to the proposed Division of Lingiari
  • the suburb of Archer, located in the Palmerston Municipality, should remain in the proposed Division of Solomon and not be transferred to the proposed Division of Lingiari
S3 Dr Mark Mulcair
S4 Darren McSweeney
CS1 Darren McSweeney
the suburbs of Karama and Holmes, located in the Darwin Municipality, should be transferred from the current Division of Solomon to the proposed Division of Lingiari. The boundary between the two electoral divisions would be: Elizabeth River, Mitchell Creek, Radford Road and Taylor Road across to the Stuart Highway should be maintained. From there the boundary should follow Vanderlin Drive, McMillans Road, Mueller Road, back onto Vanderlin Drive along the western boundaries of Leanyer and Muirhead through Buffalo Creek to the coast S5 Country Liberals (Northern Territory) the suburbs of Karama and Holmes remain in the proposed Division of Solomon, for reasons of community of interest and means of communication and travel within the proposed electoral division
the suburb of Karama, located in the Darwin Municipality, should not be transferred from the current Division of Solomon to the proposed Division of Lingiari CS1 Darren McSweeney the suburb of Karama remain in the proposed Division of Solomon, for reasons of community of interest and means of communication and travel within the proposed electoral division
dividing the Northern Territory along the Stuart Highway, incorporating parts of Darwin and Alice Springs into both electoral divisions S6 Warren Snowdon MHR on behalf of the Australian Labor Party for reasons of community of interest and means of communication and travel within the proposed electoral divisions, the Darwin Municipality remain, in its entirety, within the proposed Division of Solomon and the Alice Springs Municipality remain, in its entirety, within the proposed Division of Lingiari

S = suggestion received and CS = comment on suggestion received (refer to Appendix D and Appendix E for full list)

Appendix G: Constructing proposed electoral boundaries

The AEC maintains the electoral roll on the basis of alignment to SA1s, and is able to provide data on enrolments and projected enrolments at this level. Accordingly, in formulating its proposals, the Redistribution Committee used SA1s as its basic building blocks. The SA1s have defined boundaries and are of differing sizes and shapes. In cases where the Redistribution Committee considered that a particular SA1 boundary was inappropriate for use as an electoral division boundary, the SA1 was split to provide a more meaningful boundary.

The indicative area of electoral divisions in the Northern Territory has been calculated by aggregating the area of:

  • all land-based SA1s;
  • any parts of land-based SA1s; and
  • any lakes, ponds, rivers, creeks, wetlands or marshes not already included in land-based SA1s, that are contained within the divisional boundary of each electoral division.

Areas are calculated on the Geocentric Datum of Australia (GDA94) spheroid using the AEC's Electoral Boundary Mapping System (EBMS), developed within the 'MapInfo Professional' software package.

The Redistribution Committee used EBMS as an aid to modelling various boundary options. This system was also made available for public use at the office of the Australian Electoral Officer for the Northern Territory in Darwin.

Appendix H: Guidelines for naming federal electoral divisions

Determining the names of federal electoral divisions is part of the process of conducting a federal redistribution within a state or territory.

The criteria used by redistribution committees to propose the names of electoral divisions, and used by augmented electoral commissions to determine the names of electoral divisions, have previously been the subject of recommendations from the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters. From these recommendations, a set of guidelines were developed as a point of reference only.

It should be noted that redistribution committees and augmented electoral commissions are in no way bound by the guidelines.

Naming after persons

In the main, electoral divisions should be named after deceased Australians who have rendered outstanding service to their country.

When new electoral divisions are created the names of former Prime Ministers should be considered.

Federation Divisional names

Every effort should be made to retain the names of original federation electoral divisions.

Geographical names

Locality or place names should generally be avoided, but in certain areas the use of geographical features may be appropriate (e.g. Perth).

Aboriginal names

Aboriginal names should be used where appropriate and as far as possible existing Aboriginal divisional names should be retained.

Other criteria

The names of Commonwealth electoral divisions should not duplicate existing state districts.

Qualifying names may be used where appropriate (e.g. Melbourne Ports, Port Adelaide).

Names of electoral divisions should not be changed or transferred to new areas without very strong reasons.

When two or more electoral divisions are partially combined, as far as possible the name of the new electoral division should be that of the old electoral division which had the greatest number of electors within the new boundaries. However, where the socio-demographic nature of the electoral division in question has changed significantly, this should override the numerical formula.

Appendix I: Timetable for the remainder of the redistribution of the Northern Territory

Provision of the Electoral Act Requirement Date
ss.68(2) Invitation to make written objections and written comments on objections Gazette notice to be published on Friday 9 September 2016
para 68(2)(a) Objections close at 6pm on the 4th Friday after publication of the Gazette notice Written objections must be received by 6pm (ACST) on Friday 7 October 2016
ss.69(2) Objections made available for public perusal starting on the 5th Monday after publication of the Gazette notice Objections will be made available in the office of the Australian Electoral Officer for the Northern Territory and on the AEC website on Monday 10 October 2016
para 68(2)(b) Comments on objections close at 6pm on the 6th Friday after publication of the Gazette notice Comments on objections must be received by 6pm (ACST) on Friday 21 October 2016
ss.69(4) Comments on objections made available for public perusal starting on the 7th Monday after publication of the Gazette notice Comments on objections will be made available in the office of the Australian Electoral Officer for the Northern Territory and on the AEC website on Monday 24 October 2016
ss.72(1) Consideration of all objections and comments on objections received by the statutory timeframe The augmented Electoral Commission will consider objections and comments on objections during the period October to December 2016
ss.72(3) Public inquiry/inquiries into objections and comments on objections held (if required) Date(s) to be advised 1
para 72(10)(b) The augmented Electoral Commission announces the proposed redistribution Date to be advised
s.72(12) and (13) Further objection period – if required Date(s) to be advised
s.73(1) Determination of names and boundaries of electoral divisions published in the Gazette Tuesday 7 February 2017
s.75(2) Redistribution report laid before both Houses of Parliament Date to be advised
  Redistribution report and maps available to the public Date to be advised

1. A public inquiry, if required, would be held in November 2016.

Appendix J: General description of how proposed electoral divisions are constituted

The following tables show how each proposed electoral division has been constructed from existing electoral divisions. The unit to display this construction is SA2s. Each SA2 comprises a number of SA1s.

Proposed electoral divisions are displayed in alphabetical order.

Proposed Division of Lingiari
Proposed division make up Enrolment as at Thursday 15 October 2015 Projected enrolment as at Friday 7 August 2020
Electors retained from the current Division of Lingiari
Alligator 2 226 2 387
Anindilyakwa 1 299 1 432
Barkly 1 622 1 789
Charles 2 237 2 382
Christmas Island 576 612
Cocos (Keeling) Islands 383 400
Daly 1 039 1 119
East Arnhem 4 962 5 451
East Side 2 761 2 905
Elsey 1 351 1 436
Flynn (NT) 2 106 2 242
Gulf 2 503 2 741
Howard Springs 2 072 2 224
Humpty Doo 4 683 5 139
Katherine 4 984 5 405
Koolpinyah 6 6
Larapinta 2 493 2 704
Mount Johns 1 802 1 876
Nhulunbuy 1 226 1 328
Petermann – Simpson 1 205 1 274
Ross 1 356 1 367
Sandover – Plenty 2 347 2 575
Tanami 1 872 2 050
Tennant Creek 1 726 1 794
Thamarrurr 1 360 1 518
Tiwi Islands 1 621 1 807
Victoria River 1 542 1 744
Virginia 1 767 1 924
Weddell 2 069 2 298
West Arnhem 3 063 3 374
Yuendumu – Anmatjere 1 613 1 721
Total electors retained from the current Division of Lingiari 61 872 67 024
Electors transferred from another electoral division into the proposed Division of Lingiari
Electors transferred from the current Division of Solomon    
Berrimah 295 283
Howard Springs 645 672
Koolpinyah 4 4
Palmerston – North 908 995
Palmerston – South 828 936
Total transferred from the current Division of Solomon 2 680 2 890
Total electors transferred from another electoral division into the proposed Division of Lingiari 2 680 2 890
Total for proposed Division of Lingiari 64 552 69 914
Proposed Division of Solomon
Proposed division make up Enrolment as at Thursday 15 October 2015 Projected enrolment as at Friday 7 August 2020
Electors retained from the current Division of Solomon
Alawa 1 385 1 539
Anula 1 624 1 783
Bakewell 1 968 2 196
Berrimah 343 162
Brinkin – Nakara 1 882 2 080
Buffalo Creek 18 18
Charles Darwin 5 5
Coconut Grove 1 817 1 951
Darwin Airport 16 13
Darwin City 2 541 2 708
Driver 1 845 2 121
Durack – Marlow Lagoon 2 472 2 772
East Arm 16 16
East Point 0 0
Fannie Bay – The Gardens 2 286 2 468
Gray 2 030 2 253
Jingili 1 129 1 245
Karama 3 133 3 483
Larrakeyah 2 232 2 431
Leanyer 3 190 3 551
Ludmilla – The Narrows 1 668 1 880
Lyons (NT) 1 963 2 166
Malak – Marrara 3 047 3 328
Millner 1 614 1 756
Moil 1 314 1 445
Moulden 1 881 2 152
Nightcliff 2 471 2 709
Palmerston – North 1 636 1 888
Palmerston – South 4 4
Parap 1 692 1 825
Rapid Creek 2 120 2 335
Rosebery – Bellamack 3 507 3 853
Stuart Park 2 583 2 817
Tiwi 1 538 1 610
Wagaman 1 304 1 436
Wanguri 1 253 1 370
Woodroffe 2 044 2 277
Woolner – Bayview – Winnellie 1 907 2 116
Wulagi 1 541 1 700
Total electors retained from the current Division of Solomon 65 019 71 462
Total for proposed Division of Solomon 65 019 71 462
Electors transferred from the existing Division of Solomon to another proposed electoral division
Electors transferred to proposed Division of Lingiari    
Berrimah 295 283
Howard Springs 645 672
Koolpinyah 4 4
Palmerston – North 908 995
Palmerston – South 828 936
Total transferred to proposed Division of Lingiari 2 680 2 890
Total electors transferred from the existing Division of Solomon to another proposed electoral division 2 680 2 890

  1. Sub-section 46(1) of the Electoral Act specifies this requirement.
  2. Once the Electoral Commissioner has determined the number of members of the House of Representatives for each state and territory, section 49 of the Electoral Act requires a certificate containing specified information to be forwarded to the Minister and published in the Gazette. The most recent certificate can be found in Gazette C2014G01876 and is available on the AEC website.
  3. Sub-section 46(1) of the Electoral Act specifies this requirement.
  4. Paragraph 46(1A)(a) specifies the reference day is the first day after the end of the 12 month period following the first meeting day of the House of Representatives. The reference day was Thursday 13 November 2014.
  5. The statistics used in the ascertainment were supplied on 22 October 2014 and were published by the ABS in 3101.0 – Australian Demographic Statistics, March 2014 Quarter – Table 8 on Thursday 25 September 2014.
  6. This formula is specified in paragraph 48(2)(a) of the Electoral Act.
  7. Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters Report on the Effectiveness and Appropriateness of the Redistribution Provisions of Parts III and IV of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (December 1995), paragraph 4.3
  8. ibid., paragraph 4.11
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