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Thursday, 27 April 1972
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Mr Daly asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

Can he say what are the (a) methods for appointing re-distribution commissioners and (b) qualifications necessary for appointment as a commissioner in each State of Australia under the respective Electoral Acts.


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

(a)   Except in Tasmania, State legislation provides for the appointment of Commissioners by the Governor of the State concerned for redistribution or redivision purposes. In respect of Tasmania, the Constitution Act 1934, as amended, prescribes the boundaries of the Assembly Divisions in the fourth schedule to the Act. The Assembly Division boundaries are identical with the boundaries of the Commonwealth ElectoralDivisions.

(b)   New South Wales - (i) A person who is or has been a Judge of the Supreme Court or a member of the Industrial Commission of New South Wales or a Judge of a District Court; (ii) The person who for the time being holds the office of Electoral Commisssioner; (iii) A person registered as a Surveyor under the Surveyors Act.

Victoria - Legislation is required in respect of each redivision of the State into electoral districts. For the purposes of the 1965 redivision, the Electoral Provinces and Districts Act 1965 provided that the Commissioners would be the Chief Electoral Officer for the State, the Commonwealth Electoral Officer for the State and the Surveyor-General for the State.

Queensland - No qualifications are prescribed by legislation. Three Electoral Commissioners are appointed by the Governor.

South Australia- (i) A Judge; (ii) The SurveyorGeneral or person acting as SurveyorGeneral; (iii) The Returning Officer for the State or person acting as Returning Officer.

Western Australia-(i) The Chief Justice of Western Australia; (ii) The Chief Electoral Officer for the State; (iii) The SurveyorGeneral.







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