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MilestonesElectoral Act
Public suggestions : The redistribution committee places notices in the Gazette and Territory newspapers inviting public suggestions. Suggestions are to be given to the committee, in writing, within 30 days after the notice is published in the Gazette. section 141
Inviting comments on suggestions : The redistribution committee must, as soon as practicable after the 30 days, make available for public inspection copies of all suggestions given to it within the 30 days. Notices are placed in the Gazette and Territory newspapers advising of the availability for inspection of the copies of the suggestions. Comments on the suggestions are to be given to the committee, in writing, within 14 days after the notice is published in the Gazette. section 142
Preparing first proposed redistribution : The committee considers the public suggestions and comments and prepares a first proposed redistribution of the Territory into divisions with proposed names. section 143
Maps showing first proposed redistribution : The redistribution committee, as soon as practicable after preparing the first proposed redistribution, places notices in the Gazette and Territory newspapers advising the availability of maps showing the names and boundaries of all proposed divisions. section 144
Inviting objections against first proposed redistribution : The redistribution committee places notices in the Gazette and Territory newspapers inviting objections on the first proposed redistribution. Objections are to be made in writing to the redistribution committee within 30 days after the notice is published in the Gazette. section 145
Preparing second proposed redistribution : After giving proper consideration to all objections, the redistribution committee, as soon as practicable after the 30 days, must prepare the second proposed redistribution of the Territory into divisions. The second proposed redistribution must include proposed names for the proposed divisions. section 145A
Inviting objections to second proposed redistribution : If the second proposed redistribution would result in the following, the redistribution committee must invite objections to the second proposed redistribution.
  • if a second proposed redistribution would result in the sum of the number of electors either added to or removed from a division being greater than 15% of the total number of electors in a division at the time the quota is calculated.
  • if, in the opinion of the redistribution committee, a second proposed redistribution involves significant change in a matter to which the committee must give consideration.

If the redistribution committee invites objections to a second proposed redistribution the committee must make available for public inspection maps showing the names and boundaries of all proposed divisions and publish a notice in the Gazette and Territory newspapers inviting objections to the second proposed redistribution. Objections must be made in writing to the redistribution committee within 14 days after the notice is published in the Gazette.

Despite the above, the redistribution committee is not required to invite objections to the second proposed redistribution if the committee is of the opinion that:

  • holding a second objection period would cause major inconvenience or have other serious consequences, such as causing a delay to a scheduled general election
  • the second proposed redistribution is the only feasible option because there has been a natural disaster or another event causing extraordinary demographic movement.
section 145B
Considering objections : The redistribution committee must give proper consideration to any objections made under section 145B(4)(b)(ii). section 146
Deciding redistribution : The redistribution committee must, by Gazette notice (a redistribution declaration notice), redistribute the Territory into divisions. section 147
Report about redistribution : As soon as practicable after publication of the redistribution declaration notice, the redistribution committee must prepare a report about the redistribution (a redistribution report). The report must:
  • include details of all suggestions, comments and objections given or made.
  • contain a map or number of maps together showing the names and boundaries of all divisions.
  • state the reasons for redistributing the Territory into the divisions set out in the redistribution declaration notice.
  • state the reasons that the redistribution committee did or did not invite objections on the second proposed redistribution under section 145B of the Electoral Act.

The electoral commissioner must, as soon as practicable after the receipt of the redistribution report:

  • make the report available for public inspection (including by electronic publication)
  • give the Speaker a copy of the report.

The Speaker must table a copy of the report in the Legislative Assembly within three sitting days after the Speaker receives the report.

section 148
When redistribution takes effect : The redistribution takes effect for the next general election after publication of the redistribution declaration notice.section 150
Decisions are final : A decision of the redistribution committee made, or purporting to be made, is final and conclusive. The decision cannot be challenged, appealed against, reviewed, quashed, set aside or called into question in any court or tribunal on any ground and is not subject to any proceeding for an injunction, declaration or order for prohibition or mandamus.section 151