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Monash Expert: Australian Electoral Commission proposes to redraw Australia’s electoral map

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A Monash University expert is available to discuss the Australian Electoral Commission’s proposal to redraw Australia’s electoral map and the implications for current Federal electoral seats and their MPs.

 

Dr Zareh Ghazarian, Politics Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences

Contact: +61 402 851 224 or zareh.ghazarian@monash.edu  

Read more of Dr Ghazarian’s commentary at Monash Lens 

The following can be attributed to Dr Ghazarian:

“The redistribution of seats is something that occurs as a matter of routine business by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) and their decision is influenced by factors including population changes. 

“The proposed abolition of Higgins has significant political implications. This was a seat that was once a Liberal Party stronghold, and was won by the Labor Party for the first time in 50 years at the 2022 election. 

“The current Labor MP, Michelle Ananda-Rajah, is now in a state of political limbo as she may have to find another electorate to contest, or try her luck in the Senate. It also means that Labor's achievement in 2022 by winning this seat will be short lived and the party will be down one seat in Victoria if the proposal was to be adopted.”

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