The Redistribution Committee for Tasmania today published its report proposing new boundaries for Tasmania’s five federal electoral divisions.
The Chair of the Committee and Electoral Commissioner, Tom Rogers said the redistribution was required under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Electoral Act) as more than seven years had elapsed since a federal redistribution was last undertaken in Tasmania.
In making its proposal, the Redistribution Committee was required to consider enrolment numbers, public suggestions and comments, communities of interest, communication and transport links, geographic or constructed features able to be used as electoral boundaries and the current federal electoral boundaries.
The proposal will see:
The proposed changes reflect the differing rates of population and enrolment growth across Tasmania, as well as taking into account the projected enrolment in the five electoral divisions through to 14 May 2021.
Mr Rogers said that the Committee faced a situation where by May 2021 the enrolment totals for two of the five Tasmanian electoral divisions would not meet the numerical rules and requirements under the Electoral Act.
“The status quo cannot be maintained, because without boundary adjustment, electoral enrolment in the Division of Braddon will become comparatively too small and in the Division of Franklin too large,” Mr Rogers said.
After careful deliberation, the Committee has proposed retaining the names of Bass, Braddon, Denison, Franklin and Lyons.
The consultative nature of the redistribution process continues with individuals and organisations now able to lodge objections to the Committee’s proposed divisions.
Written objections must be lodged no later than 6pm (AEST) Friday 2 June 2017. The best way to lodge an objection is online. Objections can also be submitted via:
All objections received by the deadline will be available for public inspection on the Ground Floor, 2 Salamanca Square, Hobart and on the AEC website from Monday 5 June 2017.
Comments on the objections will then be accepted until 6pm (AEST) Friday 16 June 2017. All comments on objections received by the deadline will be available for public inspection on the Ground Floor, 2 Salamanca Square, Hobart and on the AEC website from Monday 19 June 2017.
The redistribution of Tasmania’s Legislative Council divisions is a separate process not administered by the AEC and is not related to federal Parliament. Information about this process can be found at: 2016 -17 Legislative Council Electoral Boundaries Redistribution.