Redistribution of Federal Electoral divisions IN TASMANIA
SUGGESTIONS AND COMMENTS ON SUGGESTIONS
In accordance with section 64 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Electoral Act), the Electoral Commissioner invites interested persons or organisations to make written suggestions, from Wednesday 2 November 2016, about the redistribution of federal electoral divisions for the House of Representatives in Tasmania; and to make written comments on the suggestions which are lodged.
WHY IS A REDISTRIBUTION REQUIRED?
A redistribution of federal electoral divisions in Tasmania is required because more than seven years have elapsed since the last redistribution. On 1 September 2016, in accordance with section 59 of the Electoral Act, the Electoral Commission directed that a redistribution commence.
As part of a determination on 13 November 2014 of the number of members of the House of Representatives to which each state and territory will be entitled at the next federal general election, it was determined that Tasmania remains entitled to five members of the House of Representatives.
WHO WILL CONDUCT THE REDISTRIBUTION?
The redistribution will be conducted by a Redistribution Committee appointed by the Electoral Commission in accordance with section 60 of the Electoral Act.
The Electoral Act requires that the Redistribution Committee for Tasmania comprise the Electoral Commissioner, the Australian Electoral Officer for Tasmania, and two senior officials based in Tasmania.
LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A REDISTRIBUTION
In making its proposed redistribution, the Redistribution Committee is bound by section 66 of the Electoral Act.
The number of electors in each proposed electoral division must not deviate by more than 10 per cent above or below the current enrolment quota. The current enrolment quota for Tasmania was determined by the Electoral Commissioner to be 75 014 as at 1 September 2016.
As far as practicable, the Redistribution Committee will ensure that the number of electors enrolled in each division at 14 May 2021 (the projection time) will not deviate by more than 3.5 per cent above or below the projected enrolment quota of 76 983.
The actual and projected enrolment figures, current and projected enrolment quotas, and the redistribution timetable, are available on the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website: www.aec.gov.au/tas-redistribution
Section 66 of the Electoral Act also provides that the Redistribution Committee:
‘give due consideration, in relation to each proposed Electoral Division, to:
(i) community of interests within the proposed Electoral Division, including economic, social and regional interests;
(ii) means of communication and travel within the proposed Electoral Division;
(iv) the physical features and area of the proposed Electoral Division; and
(v) the boundaries of existing Divisions in the State or Territory’
Consideration of existing boundaries is subordinate to the other factors set out above.
THE BOUNDARIES OF THE ELECTORAL DIVISIONS WILL CHANGE
On the boundaries in place when the redistribution started on 1 September 2016, the number of electors enrolled in all Tasmanian divisions meet the requirement to be not more than plus or minus 10 per cent of the current enrolment quota of 75 014. However, the Divisions of Franklin and Braddon do not meet the requirement to be not more than plus or minus 3.5 per cent of the projected enrolment quota of 76 983 at the projection time, as:
- the projected enrolment for the Division of Braddon of 73 286 is less than the permissible minimum number of projected electors of 74 289 at the projection time of 14 May 2021, and
- the projected enrolment for the Division of Franklin of 80 997 is more than the permissible maximum number of projected electors of 79 677 at the projection time of 14 May 2021.
As a consequence, the Redistribution Committee will be required to adjust the boundaries of electoral divisions so that the requirements of the Electoral Act can be met. In adjusting the boundaries of the Divisions of Braddon and Franklin, to ensure they are within the parameters required, it may become necessary to adjust the boundaries of other electoral divisions. This will ensure they also meet the required parameters.
THE REDISTRIBUTION PROCESS
The redistribution is carried out in accordance with the Electoral Act. The key stages of the redistribution process are as follows.
Step 1 - Suggestions
Any interested person or organisation who wishes to make suggestions relating to the boundaries or names of electoral divisions, has until 6pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT) Friday 2 December 2016 to lodge them in writing with the Redistribution Committee via the means listed in the ‘How to lodge a suggestion or comment on a suggestion’ section below. Suggestions received after the prescribed lodgement time cannot be considered.
People or organisations making suggestions are requested, where practical, to provide any paper maps in A4/A3 size to facilitate copying.
Step 2 - Comments on the suggestions
The suggestions will be available for public inspection from Monday 5 December 2016 at the office of the Australian Electoral Officer for Tasmania (2nd Floor, NAB House, 86 Collins St, Hobart) and on the AEC’s website (www.aec.gov.au/tas-redistribution). Any comments on the suggestions must be lodged in writing with the Redistribution Committee by 6pm AEDT Friday 16 December 2016. Comments received after the prescribed lodgement time cannot be considered.
Step 3 - Redistribution proposal
After considering the written suggestions and comments, the Redistribution Committee will propose a redistribution of federal electoral divisions for Tasmania. Maps showing the proposed boundaries and names of electoral divisions will then be published in selected newspapers and on the AEC website and will be made available at all AEC offices in Tasmania.
Step 4 - Objections to the proposed redistribution
Objections to the proposed redistribution must be lodged within 28 days of the publication of the proposed redistribution. There is a further 14 day period for lodgement of written comments on any objections.
Step 5 - Objections considered by the augmented Electoral Commission
The augmented Electoral Commission for Tasmania considers all objections and comments on objections. The augmented Electoral Commission comprises the members of the Redistribution Committee together with the Chairperson of the AEC and the third member of the Electoral Commission.
Step 6 - The second redistribution proposal
After it has considered all objections and comments, the augmented Electoral Commission will make its own proposed redistribution.
Step 7 - Further objections
If, in the opinion of the augmented Electoral Commission, their proposal is significantly different from the Redistribution Committee’s proposal, the augmented Electoral Commission will invite further objections.
Step 8 - Final determination
After considering all submissions the augmented Electoral Commission will make a final determination of boundaries and names of the electoral divisions for Tasmania by notice published in the Commonwealth Government Notices Gazette.
For more information about the redistribution process visit the AEC’s website: www.aec.gov.au/Electorates/Redistributions/index.htm
HOW TO LODGE A SUGGESTION OR A COMMENT ON A SUGGESTION
Suggestions and comments on suggestions should be lodged via the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au/tas-redistribution. Suggestions and comments on suggestions can also be submitted:
- by email to: FedRedistribution-TAS@aec.gov.au
- in person to: Redistribution Committee for Tasmania, 2nd Floor, NAB House, 86 Collins Street, Hobart
- by mail to: Redistribution Committee for Tasmania, GPO Box 520, Hobart TAS 7001
- by fax to: 02 6293 7660.
Public availability of suggestions and comments on suggestions
The Electoral Act requires that submissions to the Redistribution Committee be made publicly available. Copies of all submissions will be made available in full for public inspection at the office of the Australian Electoral Officer for Tasmania (2nd Floor, NAB House, 86 Collins Street, Hobart), in accordance with the Electoral Act.
All submissions will also be published in full on the AEC’s website and included in reports produced by the Redistribution Committee and the augmented Electoral Commission.
Signatures and address details of people and organisations that lodge written submissions will be removed prior to publication.
It is strongly recommended those wishing to make suggestions or comments on suggestions read the ‘Guidelines for making a suggestion.’
Persons or organisations intending to make submissions to the Redistribution Committee are urged to take account of the requirements of the Electoral Act. In particular, those making submissions are advised to ensure their submissions are in the physical possession of the Redistribution Committee for Tasmania’s secretariat by the relevant closing time.
A wide range of information is available on the AEC’s website, including:
· the legal requirements for a federal redistribution as outlined in Part IV of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 – www.aec.gov.au/Elections/australian_electoral_system/Electoral_Legislation.htm
· general information about the redistribution process – www.aec.gov.au/Electorates/Redistributions/
Further information can be obtained from the Redistribution Secretariat:
Phone number: 03 6235 0503
Email address: FedRedistribution-TAS@aec.gov.au