Victoria Federal Electoral Boundaries Close To Final

Victoria Federal Electoral Boundaries Close To Final

Australian Electoral Commission

Augmented Electoral Commission Decides Boundaries And Names For Federal Electoral Divisions In Victoria

Victor P Taffa

The augmented Electoral Commission today announced the outcome of its deliberations on the boundaries and names of the 37 Federal Electoral Divisions in Victoria.

The presiding member of the augmented Electoral Commission, the Hon. Peter Heerey QC, said that, after considering further public submissions, it had adopted the redistribution proposal for Victoria as published on 21 October 2010 with some minor changes. Further information is provided below.

The formal determination of the boundaries and names of the electoral divisions will be gazetted on 24 December 2010. For the purpose of electing federal members of Parliament, the boundaries will come into effect at the first federal election following that date.

Final maps and a report setting out the augmented Electoral Commission’s reasons and decisions will be tabled in the Federal Parliament after the determination is made, and will then be publicly released.

Further Information

The presiding member of the augmented Electoral Commission for Victoria, the Hon. Peter Heerey QC, announced that it had adopted the revised proposal of the augmented Commission as published on 21 October 2010, with some minor changes which were made after consideration of the further objections.

The augmented Commission had proposed, as outlined in its announcement dated 21 October 2010, to reinstate the Division of Murray in recognition of significant community of interest issues which were raised in public submissions, and to not proceed with the creation of a new Division of Burke as proposed by the Redistribution Committee on 30 July 2010. As a consequence, a series of changes were necessary in a number of other electoral divisions to meet the statutory criterion relating to the permissible number of projected enrolments in each division. In addition, on the basis of public submissions, the augmented Commission was able to identify solutions to a substantial number of other objections to the boundaries proposed by the Redistribution Committee.

In response to the augmented Commission’s revised proposal, 278 objections were lodged and five speakers made submissions at a public inquiry in Melbourne on 8 November 2010. The augmented Commission carefully considered all matters brought before it.

The substance of the augmented Commission’s findings concerning the further submissions is as follows.

The augmented Commission acceded to a number of further objections to better reflect community of interest and travel and communication issues. These include:

  • Uniting the Colac-Otway Local Government Area within the Division of Corangamite.
  • Placing the entire locality of Ringwood in the Division of Deakin.
  • Placing the entire locality of Croydon North in the Division of Menzies.
  • Adopting the section of the Western Ring Road between the Calder Freeway and Melrose Drive as the boundary between the divisions of Calwell and Maribyrnong.
  • Transferring the part of the locality of Boronia east of Albert Avenue from the Division of Aston to the Division of La Trobe.
  • Transferring the part of the locality of Ormond bounded by Grange Road and North Road from the Division of Goldstein to the Division of Higgins.
  • Transferring the part of the locality of Murrumbeena bounded by Murrumbeena Road and North Road from the Division of Hotham to the Division of Higgins.
  • Placing the locality of Macclesfield, and parts of Emerald and Yellingbo, in the Division of La Trobe by returning to the existing boundary of Woori Yallock Creek between the divisions of Casey and La Trobe.
  • Transferring the part of the locality of Fitzroy North, north of Park Street, from the Division of Melbourne to the Division of Wills.
  • Transferring the part of the locality of Strathmore south of the Tullamarine Freeway/ Citylink from the Division of Wills to the Division of Maribyrnong.
  • Transferring the part of the locality of Maidstone south of Ballarat Road from the Division of Maribyrnong to the Division of Gellibrand.
  • Transferring the part of the locality of Altona Meadows bounded by Laverton Creek, Central Avenue and Queen Street from the Division of Gellibrand to the Division of Lalor.

While acknowledging the merits of a number of other further objections, the augmented Commission concluded that acceding to them would have significantly compromised the proposal to retain the Division of Murray, necessary to address the important community of interest issues raised in relation to Victoria’s ‘food bowl’ Region.

In this context, a number of other objections were unable to be accepted because of the overriding requirement that the projected numbers of electors in each division in the State fall within the statutory limits. Any alternative adjustments would, in the augmented Commission’s opinion, have caused significant flow-on effects for other divisions across the State under the criteria set by the Electoral Act.

The augmented Electoral Commission also made several minor changes to the divisions of Ballarat, Wannon, Mallee, McEwen and Indi to produce more clearly recognisable boundaries.

The augmented Commission shall, in accordance with section 73 of the Electoral Act, determine, by notice published in the Gazette on 24 December 2010, the names and boundaries of the electoral divisions into which Victoria is to be distributed.

The new boundaries will come into effect at the next Federal Election following the 24 December 2010 determination date, and any by-election that may occur before the next federal election would be held on the boundaries as determined at the previous (2003) Redistribution.

Further details, including reasons for the determination and maps, will be provided in the final redistribution report. This report will be tabled in the Federal Parliament after the determination is made, and will then be publicly released.