Until 1995, Legislative Council division boundaries were decided by the Parliament. The Legislative Council Electoral Boundaries Act 1995 established in law the “one vote, one value” principle. The Act provides for nine yearly redistributions of division boundaries by an independent Committee and Tribunal with a priority to ensure that all divisions contain the same number of electors, give or take 10%, four and a half years after the redistribution.
Follow this link to documents from the 1998-99 redistribution. Note that the 1998-99 redistribution reduced the number of Legislative Council divisions from 19 to 15. The current redistribution maintains the number of divisions at 15, but may adjust division boundaries to accommodate past and future demographic movements.
In accordance with Section 12 of the Legislative Council Electoral Boundaries Act 1995 I determine that the Council division quota at Sunday 30 September 2007 is 23,183.
The quota is the average Council division enrolment.
Bruce Taylor Electoral Commissioner 10 November 2007
The Legislative Council Electoral Boundaries Redistribution Committee published its initial proposal in Tasmania’s three daily newspapers on Saturday 9 February 2008.
Initial Redistribution Proposal – Reasons (booklet, 39 pages)
Comments, suggestions and objections to the initial redistribution proposal close on Tuesday 11 March 2008.
The Redistribution Tribunal will then conduct an inquiry. The Redistribution Tribunal’s Notice of Inquiry is available here.
The Redistribution Tribunal, appointed by His Excellency the Governor, comprises:
Australian Labor Party
Dr John Morris
Hon Don Wing MLC
Hon Greg Hall MLC
Hon Jim Wilkinson MLC
Hon Kerry Finch MLC
Launceston Chamber of Commerce
Launcestion City Council
Follow this link for a summary of objections to the initial redistribution proposal and details of the Redistribution Tribunal's inquiry hearings.
The Redistribution Tribunal published its further proposal on 12 April 2008. Links to documents associated with the further proposal are listed below.
Comments, suggestions and objections to the further proposal must be lodged with the Redistribution Tribunal by 5:00 PM on Monday 21 April 2008.
Map of the further proposal and substance of the Tribunal’s findings
Summary of the proposed divisions
Composition of proposed divisions (detailed analysis of movement of electors between divisions)
The Redistribution Tribunal has received two objections to the further redistribution proposal. Links to these objections are below.
Hon Greg Hall MLC
The Tribunal will inquire into Mr Hall's objection at Conference Room, fourth floor, Henty House, Launceston at 2:30 PM on Thursday 24 April 2008.
The Redistribution Tribunal published its determination of the names and boundaries of the 15 Legislative Council divisions on 10 May 2008. Links to documents associated with the determination are listed below.
The boundaries are final, and are likely to remain in place for the next nine years.
Second further redistribution proposal, determination, reasons and State map
Summary of the divisions (including area)
Composition of divisions: detailed analysis of movement of electors between divisions
The Redistribution Tribunal is to hold an inquiry, the subject of which is to be —
"Matters relating to transition arrangements to implement the redistribution of the State in respect of the Legislative Council."
The public hearing will commence at 10:00 AM on Wednesday 21 May 2008 on the 2nd floor, Telstra Centre, 70 Collins St, Hobart.
Any person is invited to appear at the hearing, and/or lodge a written submission relating to the transition arrangements no later than 5:00 PM on Monday 19 May 2008.
Written submissions can be sent to the Tribunal by post, facsimile or email at email@example.com
Those who wish to be heard at the inquiry and/or intend to lodge submissions are asked to contact the Tribunal’s assistant, Mr Julian Type, on 03 6233 2936 as soon as possible.
The Redistribution Tribunal is required to determine the allocation of members to the new Legislative Council divisions, the periodical cycle of elections, and other matters, if any, associated with the implementation of the redistribution.
Richard Bingham Chairperson of the Redistribution Tribunal 10 May 2008
In accordance with Sections 29D and 29E of the Legislative Council Electoral Boundaries Act 1995, the Redistribution Tribunal has made an initial transition proposal and prepared an accompanying statement of reasons in respect of the new Council divisions determined on 10 May 2008.
Follow this link to view the proposal.
A person or organisation may lodge a written comment, suggestion or objection in relation to the initial transition proposal. The closing time for lodgement is 5:00 PM on Monday 9 June 2008.
Comments, suggestions and objections can be sent to the Tribunal by post, facsimile or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments, suggestions and objections will be placed on this website unless they contain a specific request to the contrary.
Richard Bingham Chairperson of the Redistribution Tribunal 24 May 2008
The Redistribution Tribunal published its transition determination on 14 June 2008, completing the 2007-08 redistribution of Legislative Council electoral boundaries.