Electorates of the Australian Capital Territory

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Map of the electorates
  Molonglo
  Ginninderra
  Brindabella

The seventeen-member unicameral Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly is elected from three multi-member electorates.

Current districts[edit]

This is a list of electorates for the 2008 ACT general election:[1]

Molonglo[edit]

Electing seven members to the Assembly, Molonglo contains the town centres of: North Canberra; South Canberra; Weston Creek; Woden except for the suburbs of Chifley, Pearce and Torrens; and Gungahlin except for the suburb of Nicholls, which was transferred to Ginninderra after the 1998 election. It also includes the parts of the ACT to the north and east of Canberra. Its western boundary is the Murrumbidgee River.

Ginninderra[edit]

Electing five members to the Assembly, Ginninderra contains the town centre and all of the suburbs of Belconnen and the suburb of Nicholls (in Gungahlin). Its southern boundary is the Molonglo River.

Brindabella[edit]

Electing five members to the Assembly, Brindabella contains the town centre and all of the suburbs of Tuggeranong, as well as the suburbs of Chifley, Pearce and Torrens (in Woden). It also includes all of the ACT which is south of the Murrumbidgee River, thus making it the largest electorate.

History[edit]

Electorate boundaries for Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly elections have changed a number of times since the first ACT election in 1989. For the 1989 and 1992 elections, the ACT comprised one electorate, electing seventeen members to the Assembly. Prior to the 1995 ACT general election, three multi-member electorates were established and have remained in place, with boundary and redistribution changes made prior to the 2001 and 2008 ACT general elections.[2]

On 30 April 2002, the ACT Electoral Commission made a submission to the ACT Legislative Assembly's Standing Committee on Legal Affairs, which inquired into the appropriateness of the size of the Legislative Assembly for the ACT and options for changing the number of members, electorates and other related matters. The Electoral Commission recommended increasing "the size of the Legislative Assembly to three (3) electorates each returning seven (7) Members, giving a total of twenty-one (21) Members".[3] The Assembly has not made any changes to either its size (number of members) or the number of electorates.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Electorates 2008 election". ACT Electoral Commission. 2008. Retrieved 2010-08-21. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Electoral boundaries". ACT Electoral Commission. 2008. Retrieved 2010-08-21. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Inquiry into the appropriateness of the size of the ACT Legislative Assembly" (PDF). Submission to the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs. ACT Electoral Commission. 2002-04-30. Retrieved 2010-08-21. [dead link]