The NSW Electoral Commission is reviewing the 93 electoral districts in New South Wales. The boundaries will be redrawn, if necessary, to ensure the number of voters in each district is as even as possible. This process is called redistribution and is required by legislation to take place after every second New South Wales State general election. The last New South Wales redistribution was finalised in 2013, with the resulting boundaries in place for the 2015 and 2019 State elections.
The redistribution process is being administered by an independent three-member Electoral Districts Redistribution Panel, made up of the Chairperson, the Hon. Justice Arthur Emmett AO QC; the Electoral Commissioner for NSW, Mr John Schmidt; and the Surveyor-General of NSW, Mrs Narelle Underwood.
Redistribution is a whole-of-State process. The primary goal is to distribute the enrolled electors as evenly as possible across New South Wales. All suggestions and comments on suggestions received from the public will be considered by the Panel when deciding where the boundaries should be drawn,” said Justice Emmett.
Other factors taken into consideration include: demographic trends, community interests (economic, social and regional), means of communication and travel, physical features and area, mountains and other natural boundaries, and boundaries of existing districts.
Electoral Districts Review Suggestions.
Members of the public were invited to suggest changes to the current electoral boundaries and names. Those suggestions have now been published on the NSW Electoral Commission’s website for public inspection and comment here.
The public is now invited to lodge written comments on these suggestions by Wednesday 15 July 2020. These comments will also be published on the NSW Electoral Commission’s website for public inspection.
Lane Cove Electorate
There are a few suggestions for boundary changes to the Lane Cove electorate. The major parties have suggested the following:
Liberal Party – read the full document here.
Australian Labor Party – read the full document here.
The National Party – read the full document here.
The Greens – read the full document here.
What happens next?
The Panel will review the suggestions and publish draft electoral district boundaries. At that time, the public has another opportunity to have their voice heard.
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