PROPOSED changes to the federal electoral divisions for Victoria will have a significant impact in the Bass Coast and South Gippsland region.
Flinders, held by MP Greg Hunt, will no longer cover Phillip Island and the Waterline communities.
These areas will be part of the Monash electorate, presently known as McMillan and held by Russell Broadbent.
The name is set to be changed following a broad request due to Angus McMillan’s involvement in atrocities against the indigenous people.
The new Monash electorate would no longer cover Pakenham and Nar Nar Goon.
The Redistribution Committee for Victoria published its report proposing names and boundaries for the 38 Victorian federal electoral divisions last week.
The Chair of the Committee and Electoral Commissioner, Tom Rogers said the Victorian redistribution is required to enable an increase from 37 to 38 federal electoral divisions.
“Under the proposal the boundaries of all 37 existing Victorian electoral divisions would change, the additional division of ‘Fraser’ would be created and four divisions would be renamed,” Mr Rogers said.
“The high population growth in Victoria together with the dispersed spread of electors has resulted in the Redistribution Committee proposing significant change to Victoria’s electoral division boundaries.”
Among the changes will be to take high growth areas out of electoral divisions which exceed the maximum number of electors permitted by the Electoral Act, such as the existing divisions of McEwen and McMillan.
Mr Rogers said the Committee was faced with the task of inserting a new electoral division while also bringing all 38 divisions within the allowable numerical tolerance.
The committee proposes changing the Division of McMillan to ‘Monash’ in honour of Sir John Monash (1865–1931) who was one of the foremost Allied military commanders of the First World War and was recognised for his outstanding contributions to the community.
Monash was among the first under fire at Gallipoli and by 1918 was in charge of the entire Australian Corps.
He was knighted on the battlefield and at the conclusion of the war was involved in organising the demobilisation and the return home of Australian personnel.
Monash was also an engineer and was known as one of Australia’s foremost experts in reinforced concrete for bridges, railways and other large construction projects.
The Redistribution Committee considers ‘Monash’ an appropriate name for an electoral division located in the wider Gippsland area as Monash’s work at the State Electricity Commission contributed significantly to the development of the area.
Individuals and organisations can lodge objections to the committee’s proposed divisions.
Written objections must be lodged no later than 6pm (AEST) on Friday, May 4, 2018.
The best way to lodge an objection is online; email: FedRedistribution-VIC@aec.gov.au; in person to The Australian Electoral Commission (Att: Redistribution Secretariat), Level 1, Urban Workshop, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne (business hours only); or mail: The Australian Electoral Commission (Att: Redistribution Secretariat), GPO Box 768, Melbourne VIC 3001; or fax: 02 6293 7664.
All objections received by the deadline will be available for public inspection on Level 1, Urban Workshop, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne and on the AEC website from Monday, May 7.
Comments on the objections will then be accepted until 6pm (AEST) on Friday, May 18.
All comments on objections received by the deadline will also be made available for public inspection from Monday, May 21.