Entsch keen to keep the Cape part of Le­ich­hardt

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

FED­ERAL Mem­ber for Le­ich­hardt War­ren Entsch says he would be “deeply con­flicted” if a re­draw­ing of elec­toral bound­aries meant Cape York was deleted from his seat.

A re­dis­trib­tion of bound­aries is likely given that Le­ich­hardt is now well above the pop­u­la­tion quota for a seat, thanks to solid pop­u­la­tion growth mainly in Cairns.

Mr Entsch told the he is in favour of a new seat be­ing cre­ated to solve the quota is­sue, based on Cairns and district – in­clud­ing Ku­randa, Yarrabah and Port Dou­glas – be­cause it has the num­bers to meet the quota.

“Le­ich­hardt could be to Cairns what Kennedy is to Her­bert (ie, Townsville).”

But he be­lieves it is more likely Le­ich­hardt will be shrunk and Bob Kat­ter’s seat of Kennedy will grow.

Mr Kat­ter is on record as op­pos­ing any en­large­ment, given Kennedy is al­ready 2½ times the size of Vic­to­ria in land mass.

If his seat did lose the Cape, Mr Entsch said he would miss the char­ac­ter that is in­her­ent in the wildly di­verse and sprawl­ing elec­torate.

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