Revised Tasmanian redistribution proposal announced

Updated: 19 July 2017

The augmented Electoral Commission for Tasmania has today announced a revised proposal for Tasmania’s federal redistribution and invited further objections.

The Hon. Dennis Cowdroy OAM QC, the presiding member, thanked individuals and organisations who have contributed to the redistribution process so far.

“After thorough consideration of written submissions and inquiry testimony, the augmented Electoral Commission has modified the redistribution proposed by the Redistribution Committee for Tasmania,” Mr Cowdroy said.

The augmented Electoral Commission has modified the initial redistribution proposal by:

  • locating the Municipality of Dorset in the proposed Division of Bass
  • locating the Municipality of Flinders in the proposed Division of Bass
  • locating the Municipality of Meander Valley in its entirety in the proposed Division of Lyons,
  • renaming the Division of Denison to ‘Clark’, to recognise the contributions of Andrew Inglis Clark.

The augmented Electoral Commission notes this proposal is significantly different from the proposal of the Redistribution Committee and therefore further input from members of the public is sought.

An overview of the augmented Electoral Commission’s conclusions on objections to the Redistribution Committee’s proposed redistribution is available at www.aec.gov.au/tas-redistribution.

Further objections

The consultative nature of the redistribution process continues with individuals and organisations now able to lodge further objections to the augmented Electoral Commission’s proposed divisions.

Written objections must be lodged no later than 6pm (AEST) Wednesday 26 July 2017. The best way to lodge an objection is online. Objections can also be submitted via:

  • Email: FedRedistribution-TAS@aec.gov.au
  • In person: The Australian Electoral Commission (Att: Redistribution Secretariat), at Ground Floor, 2 Salamanca Square, Hobart (business hours only)
  • Mail: The Australian Electoral Commission (Att: Redistribution Secretariat), GPO Box 520, Hobart TAS 7001 or
  • Fax: 02 6293 7660.

All further 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 Thursday 27 July 2017.

The augmented Electoral Commission may hold an inquiry into further objections should it be required.

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