Electoral Redistribution in Australia: Accommodating 150 Years of Demographic Change
Article first published online: 13 DEC 2012
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Australian Journal of Politics & History
Volume 58, Issue 4, pages 557–579, December 2012
How to Cite
Juriansz, J. and Opeskin, B. (2012), Electoral Redistribution in Australia: Accommodating 150 Years of Demographic Change. Australian Journal of Politics & History, 58: 557–579. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2012.01653.x
- Issue published online: 13 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 13 DEC 2012
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 forty 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.