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New Boundaries for Wannon



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ELECTORAL PRESS STATEMENT 13th February, 1975

THE HON. MEMBER FOR WANNON - MALCOLM FRASER

The proposed division of Wannon into its new electoral boundaries will

make it one of the biggest electorates both in population and size in

the state. * *

There are a number of criticisms that must be made on the proposed dis­

tribution. The sub-division of Allansford with its close commmunity

of interest with Wamambool is moved into Corangamite. Allans ford

does not look to Geelong, it looks to Warmambool and should remain

in the same electorate as Warmambool itself. In addition the sub­

divisions of Ararat and Stawell are added to Wannon.

These have their own communities of interest but are largely divided

from the heart of Wannon by the Grampions. Horsham is excluded from

the proposed Wannon division even though sub-divisions to the east

and to the west both extend north of the city,

What is proposed for Wannon is consistent with the Government's objec­

tive of reducing rural representation and adding additional seats to the

major capital cities,

There will be more seats in the cities - there will be less rural re­

presentation. Many members cross the closs-knit city seats in twenty

minutes. A large rural seat such as Wannon involves many hours of

travel. In my case 30,000 to 40,000 miles a year. The present el­

ectoral, law is,in my view,a bad law and as a result it is a bad re­

distribution. Φ