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Queensland’s electorate boundary redistribution unveiled

The ABC’s Chris O’Brien and Dea Clark report (23.2.17) on leaked details of new state electorate boundaries, ahead of the Queensland Electoral Commission’s release of its draft redistribution report.

‘Sweeping changes to Queensland’s electoral map has been revealed for the next election, with four extra seats across the state and 14 renamed electorates, proposed by the Redistribution Commission.

‘Many boundaries have been redrawn in the biggest recalibration of seats in decades.

‘… Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the changes may alter the electorate that thousands of Queenslanders belonged to. She has guaranteed the next election, due in almost 12 months, would be contested along the new boundaries.

‘She made the point that the four additional electorates were added “at the insistence of the LNP”, a reference to last year’s successful attempt by the LNP to get a bill through Parliament allowing the number of state seats to be increased from 89 to 93.’

Queensland MPs hit with ‘major’ electoral boundary changes before next election

The ABC’s Chris O’Brien reports (24.2.17) on some of the implications for current MPs of the redrawn electorate boundaries revealed in the Electoral Commission’s redistribution report.

‘Queensland’s political parties are scrambling to come to terms with proposed boundary changes that redraw the electoral map, only months from an expected election.

‘The Redistribution Commission shocked MPs and party officials with the extent of its draft new boundaries, with 19 new or renamed seats including four additional electorates in the south-east.

‘The careers of ministers and MPs are on the line, including Labor’s Steven Miles and the LNP’s Scott Emerson, whose Brisbane seats of Mt Coot-tha and Indooroopilly are absorbed into the newly named Maiwar.

‘… In the north, Shane Knuth from Katter’s Australian Party and the LNP’s Dale Last will have to cope with their seats of Dalrymple and Burdekin being redrawn into Hill and McMaster.’

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