BATTLE OF THE SEATS
MAJOR PARTIES BICKER OVER REDISTRIBUTION OF ELECTORATES’ BOUNDARIES
THE Labor Party wants to strengthen its hold in Western Sydney by giving Mt Druitt to the federal seat of Lindsay and making part of Penrith a mountains seat.
The party’s amended proposal to the Australian Electoral Commission calls for suburbs from Bidwill to Minchinbury and Lethbridge Park to Rooty Hill to be given to Lindsay, which is now held by Liberal MP Fiona Scott.
If approved, the suburbs will be taken from the Labor-held seat of Chifley, which is held by Ed Husic. Under the proposed changes, Chifley will be handed Blacktown up to Marayong and as far east as Toongabbie.
“You do a lot of work to make contact with people in your area but at the same time, if the seat changes, it is an opportunity to meet new people,” Mr Husic said.
Ms Scott was not available for interview before deadline but her party’s submission has slammed Labor’s proposal.
THE Labor Party wants to cement its stronghold on the west by giving Mt Druitt to the seat of Lindsay and making Penrith part of a mountains seat.
The party’s amended proposal to the Australian Electoral Commission would see suburbs from Bidwill to Minchinbury and Lethbridge Park to Rooty Hill given to Lindsay, with Chifley handed Blacktown up to Marayong and as far east as Toongabbie.
Suburbs west of Orchard Hills would join the seat of Macquarie, potentially changing the Liberal lean in Lindsay.
Chifley federal Labor MP Ed Husic said this was not the first time Blacktown had done the dance into his seat.
“There’s been a fair bit of Blacktown doing the hokey pokey in Chifley, one moment it’s in then it’s out, then it’s back in and out again,” Mr Husic said.
“You do a lot of work to make contact with people in your area but at the same time, if the seat changes, it is an opportunity to meet new people.”
Labor spokeswoman for the seat of Macquarie, which covers the Blue Mountains, Susan Templeman, said the changes were suggested to avoid splitting the Blue Mountains, which was what the Liberal Party’s proposal advocated.
“There are certainly strong arguments put in many submissions about how the Blue Mountains connects strongly with Penrith and the Nepean region,” she said.
The Liberal Party has rejected Labor’s idea that Agnes Banks, Londonderry and Berkshire Park join Macquarie but supports the proposal for Wallacia and Luddenham to join Lindsay.
Lindsay federal Liberal MP Fiona Scott’s office was contacted for comment but she did not respond before The Standard went to press.
The Liberal Party has slammed Labor’s submission.
“The blatant partisan approach taken by the ALP is evident from the outset,” the Liberal Party revised submission said.