The Legislative Council is currently comprised of 15 single member electoral divisions with elections held under a preferential voting system. Every member of the Council holds office for a fixed term of six years.
Elections are conducted on a 6 year periodic cycle. Elections for 3 members are held in May one year, with elections for 2 members held in May the following year and so on.
Summary of provisions of the relevant Legislation
The process commences with an Initial Redistribution Proposal published by the Redistribution Committee.
After the publication of the Initial Proposal the Committee is dissolved. The members of the Committee become members of the Redistribution Tribunal and are joined by the Chairperson and other Member of the Tasmanian Electoral Commission.
The Tribunal recieves all submisssions and may hold inquiries.
Once the Redistribution Tribunal has concluded its inquiries into any submissions made to the Initial Proposal it must make a Further Redistribution Proposal. The Redistribution Tribunal may consider subsequent submissions before making a final determination.
Once the final determination of the new electoral boundaries and the names of the new divisions are made, the Tribunal must then determine the transition arrangements in respect of the newly determined divisions.
The overall period for the entire redistribution process can take up to 9 months.
The Redistribution Committee comprises:
The Redistribution Tribunal comprises:
For this redistribution the average divisional enrolment, or Quota, is 24,998 (determined as at 30 September 2016).
As in previous redistributions, the Redistribution Committee decided to use the services of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to provide projected enrolment statistics. Read the comprehensive details of the projection methodology and necessary assumptions here. [PDF opens in new tab]
In accordance with Section 13 of the Legislative Council Electoral Boundaries Act 1995 the Redistribution Committee must take into account the following priorities–
After taking into account the priorities specified above, the Redistribution Committee must consider the following matters in the case of each electoral division–
The Council division quota is to be the basis for the Initial Redistribution Proposal.
For this redistribution the average divisional enrolment, or Quota, is 24,998 and was determined as at 30 September 2016.
In no case is any variation from the Council division quota to exceed 10 percent.
The scale of the redistribution, while not as large as the redistribution in 1998/99 which implemented Parliament’s decrease of 19 Legislative Council divisions to 15, is greater than the redistribution in 2007/08. Put simply, from the 30 September 2016 enrolment figures:
Of the eight Legislative Council divisions north and east of Campbell Town:
Of the seven Legislative Council divisions south of Campbell Town:
The southern movement of electors is even further pronounced when comparing:
The general eastward and southward movement trend of elector numbers over the last 18 years continues across this redistribution's four-and-a-half year enrolment projections.
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