Parliament one step closer to 35 members

August 10, 2022 1:48 am in by

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The State Government has released advice from the Tasmanian Electoral Commissioner, on the implications of restoring the size of Parliament.

Mr Andrew Hawkey has advised restoring the House to five, House to five seven-member electorates.

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It’s believed the model would be the simplest and most cost-effective method that would involve minimal legislative and administrative changes.

Earlier this week the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry had called for a five member and seven electorate system, saying it would increase representation and ensure that regional communities can have their voices heard.

Premier Jeremy Rockliff maintains changing to seven five-member electorates would require significant legislative and administrative changes, with new names for every division and increased expenditure both during the change and at each subsequent election.

Legislation to restore the House of Assembly from 25 to 35 members with five electorates of seven members is expected to be tabled by the end of the year.

The announcement has garnered wide-spread support, with Independent MP Meg Webb welcoming the move.

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“Restoring the representative capacity intended by Hare-Clark is essential and long-overdue. Both Hare and Clark worked tirelessly to ensure that ordinary Tasmanians who did not see themselves represented by political parties could still see themselves or their views reflected by independents or smaller parties,” Ms Webb said.

The sentiments have been echoed by Greens Leader Cassy O’Connor.

“A restored House of Assembly will deliver a deeper talent pool, better community representation and stronger governance for all Tasmanians.”