Tomorrow’s Western Australian state election should be dramatic enough — and there is likely to be more drama next Friday.
That’s when the Australian Electoral Commission has confirmed it will hand down proposed new electoral boundaries for both WA and Victoria.
It’s not going to be the most pleasant redistribution for the government. Population growth means that Melbourne will gain a new and likely Labor seat in its booming burbs, but that an electorate will go in metropolitan Perth.
All the focus is on Cowan, held by Labor’s Anne Aly, a seat that has seesawed between Labor and Liberal since its creation in 1984, Stirling, held by Liberal Vince Connolly, 30 years older than Cowan but with a similar history of regularly changing hands — and the blue ribbon seat of Pearce, held, of course, by Christian Porter.
It’s expected one of these will be abolished, with much of the speculation centred on Pearce as both Cowan and Stirling have low growth projections and are below the voter quota. That obviously means more unwanted focus on Porter.
Just to top things off, the AEC has said the final boundaries will be announced on Monday, August 2 — five days before the first possible Saturday for a half-Senate and full House of Representatives election.
Heavy weighs the head…
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