The changes recommended by the Queensland Redistribution Commission (QRC) in February have now moved to ‘Final Determination’ stage.
In effect that means this report is the QRC’s final involvement in the redistribution process, having adjusted where it felt it necessary and where it was able, and now those still unhappy have until June 16 to lodge a legal appeal in the Supreme Court.
In western Queensland, the Boulia shire will stay in Gregory instead of joining Traegar.
For the existing seat of Warrego, the proposed transfer of part of the Western Downs Regional Council area to Callide, particularly the townships of Miles and Chinchilla, raised numerous objections.
The QRC says it has been unable to facilitate the objections, and says to have accommodated the wishes of the objectors from Miles and Chinchilla, it would have been necessary to make numerous changes to neighboring electorates in circumstances where the electors in those areas had not raised any objection to the initial proposal.
Chair of the QRC Hugh Botting says the Commission is now confident in its placement of the new electorates as well as other notable changes including the removal of Dalrymple and the expansion of Traegar.
“The Commission’s number one priority was the number of voters in each electorate because that’s quite simply the law. Every district must contain relatively the same number of electors so that each vote carries equal weight at the ballot box.”
The Queensland Redistribution Commission’s final determination can be viewed online at https://boundaries.ecq.qld.gov.au