Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK -

There has been no in­crease in the num­ber of Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment for 20 years yet Queens­land’s pop­u­la­tion has risen by about 2 mil­lion.

There are 5 ma­jor ru­ral and re­mote seats in Queens­land, the LNP hold two, Kat­ter party holds two and Gor­don holds Cook. Th­ese seats do not have the req­ui­site num­bers of vot­ers and are weighted to make sure the bush is rep­re­sented in Par­lia­ment.

There is an elec­toral bound­ary re­dis­tri­bu­tion due next year which can only mean at least one of the 5 bush seats will dis­ap­pear as they are melded into 4 to match the pop­u­la­tion quota. For Cook the only way to in­crease the num­bers to meet the quota is to in­clude either the north­ern beaches, Ku­randa or part of the table­lands in Cook.

The Elec­toral (Re­dis­tri­bu­tion Com­mis­sion) and An­other Amend­ment Act Bill 2015 would have en­sured the bush did not lose any seats in the up­com­ing re­dis­tri­bu­tion.

What the Mem­ber for Cook didn’t con­sider when he blindly sup­ported his La­bor masters in de­feat­ing this Bill is that the in­dige­nous pop­u­la­tion of Cook hold about 50% of the vote at present and this can only di­min­ish un­der a re­dis­tri­bu­tion.

It’s about time the Mem­ber for Cook stopped play­ing power bro­ker and got down to rep­re­sent­ing the best in­ter­ests of the peo­ple who voted for him.

David Kemp­ton, Former Mem­ber for Cook

Paws com­mit­tee: (from 2nd left) Robyn Smith, Heather Wal­ton, Michael Kerr, Danielle Voss, Michael Gabour, and K-Star

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