Electoral Redistribution in Australia: Accommodating 150 Years of Demographic Change

Australian Journal of Politics & History 2012: 58(4)

33 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2012

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John Juriansz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Brian Opeskin

University of Technology Sydney

Date Written: October 30, 2012

Abstract

Electoral redistribution (redistricting) is a process that has the potential to advance the principle of ‘one vote, one value’ in the face of dynamic human populations. Using the Australian federal electoral system as a case study, this article examines the impact of changes in the size, composition and spatial distribution of the population on electoral boundary delimitation over the past 110 years, and analyses the likely impact of future population change over the next 40 years. The article concludes that the Australian electoral system has moved progressively towards greater equality of voting power encapsulated by the ‘one vote, one value’ principle. However, the capacity to achieve even greater equality through electoral redistribution is constrained by constitutional and pragmatic considerations.

Keywords: Australia, electoral boundaries, malapportionment, one vote one value, population change, redistribution, redistricting

Suggested Citation

Juriansz, John and Opeskin, Brian, Electoral Redistribution in Australia: Accommodating 150 Years of Demographic Change (October 30, 2012). Australian Journal of Politics & History 2012: 58(4), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2169103

John Juriansz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Brian Opeskin (Contact Author)

University of Technology Sydney ( email )

Faculty of Law
University of Technology Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales 2007
Australia
+61-2-95149670 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.uts.edu.au/staff/brian.opeskin

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