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