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Friday, 30 October 1970

Mr Enderby asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that the population of the Australian Capita] Territory is increasing at about 9 per cent per annum compound.

(2)   Did he state on 20th August 1970 that the Government believed that we may well have reached the time when there h need for extra representation for the Australian Capital Territory.

(3)   If so, is the Government taking any steps or making any preparation to create a second seat for the Australian Capital Territory in the House of Representatives.

(4)   If steps are being taken what are they.

Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Commonwealth Statistician has advised that the population of the Australian Capital Territory increased from 86,300 (approximately) at 30th March 1965 to 130,600 (approximately) at 30th March 1970 which represents an increase of 8.64 per cent per annum compound.

(2)   During the debate on the Territory Senators Bill on 20th August 1970, 1 said, in part:

Certainly when one has regard to the rapidly expanding electoral population of the Australian Capital Territory it appears that the time is fast approaching when some additional representation for this Territory may be justified on the basis of the number of electors involved.'

(3)   and (4) The matter is under review.

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