Step 5A. Inquiry into objections – WA federal redistribution

Updated: 14 May 2021

An inquiry is being held into objections to the proposed redistribution of electoral divisions in Western Australia, as outlined in a report published by the Redistribution Committee for Western Australia on Friday 19 March 2021.

At an inquiry, individuals or organisations may address the augmented Electoral Commission for Western Australia on any matter raised in an objection to the proposed redistribution of Western Australia or in a comment on these objections.

Matters raised in objections and comments on objections include the:

  • abolition of the Division of Stirling
  • boundary of the Division of Cowan
  • boundary of the Division of O’Connor
  • boundary of the Division of Pearce

Topics raised in objections and comments on objections that are not discussed at the inquiry will be considered by the augmented Electoral Commission for Western Australia as part of its deliberations.

Details of the inquiry, to be convened by the augmented Electoral Commission for Western Australia, are:

Date: Friday 21 May 2021

Starting time: 10am AWST

Address: Fraser Suites, 10 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth

How to appear at an inquiry?

It is strongly recommended those wishing to appear make an appointment with the Western Australia Redistribution Secretariat by

  • Phone: 08 6363 8065
  • Email

The Redistribution Secretariat will take your name, contact details and the topics to be spoken about at the inquiry. These details are only intended to:

  • provide an indication of the likely number of attendees,
  • be used to contact attendees if there are last minute changes to plans, and
  • enable the augmented Electoral Commission for Western Australia to re-read relevant objections and comments on objections prior to the inquiry.

How will the inquiry operate?

The inquiry will follow a schedule whereby no booking times are made and once a participant is finished the next will be called to address the augmented Electoral Commission for Western Australia. It is therefore requested that participants, where possible, are seated 15 minutes prior to the starting time.

The inquiry will conclude after the final speaker.

To enable all those who are interested to participate and express their views, it is requested that participants speak for no more than 10 minutes.

Participating in the inquiry is an opportunity to provide additional information on the topics listed above which is not contained within the written objections or comments on objections. The augmented Electoral Commission for Western Australia will not be addressing the reasoning behind the Redistribution Committee’s proposal.

Audio-visual presentation facilities will not be provided at the inquiry.

A transcript will be taken of the inquiry and will be published at a later date.

The inquiry will be conducted in a COVID-safe manner. Those wishing to attend the inquiry are reminded to stay at home if unwell or if waiting for the results of a COVID test and are encouraged to download the SafeWA app or COVIDSafe app prior to attending. If you have any questions about this, please contact the Redistribution Secretariat.

Should circumstances change, alternative arrangements for the inquiry will be published on this web page. It is recommended you refer back to this web page prior to the inquiry as changes could occur at very short notice.

 

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