Today, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) released its first draft of the proposed redistribution of federal seats in NSW.

They have proposed that the electorate of Bradfield will now be expanded south and lose some suburbs around Hornsby.

This has obvious implications for representation on Sydney’s north shore. 

My team and I are going to take some time to consult with our community on its implications, including on whether we will make a further submission to the AEC for them to consider in the next stage of the redistribution process.

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The non-partisan redrawing of electoral boundaries by the AEC is a pre-condition for the fair working of Australia’s democratic system, and it is vital that it be done independently and transparently if we are to maintain confidence in our government and our representatives.

We have seen in other countries what can result from partisan drawing of boundaries, and those are not results any of us want, whatever our political opinion, for Australia.

I want to publicly recognise the roles of the AEC and the independent committee in the redistribution process and to acknowledge in particular the professionalism and rigour they have brought to a decision which will impact the democratic representation of everyone in New South Wales.

The AEC’s timeline for next steps is here and it indicates that we have four weeks to analyse and respond.

I will make further comment when we have had a chance to work through all the implications and possible concerns.

In the meantime, Team Nic will continue to campaign. 

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Read the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) released first draft of the proposed redistribution of federal seats in NSW here.

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