ROBBIE Katter says the Queensland Electoral Commission’s re-mapping of the boundaries is another blow for rural representation.
The State Member for Mount Isa has constantly pushed against further expansion to rural seats and had hoped for more adequate representation in regional areas.
“The major parties have got what they wanted, in particular, the ALP,” he said.
“Adequate representation means that each person has the opportunity to meet and shake hands with their local member.”
“It’s a shame the new seats being created are closer to metropolitan areas, not in western areas where it’s already difficult for the local member to get around their massive electorates.”
Mr Katter said the proposed changes meant that the Mount Isa electorate will lose Diamantina and Winton Shire boundaries, of less than 2,000 people combined, while taking in the Charters Towers Regional Council, with a population in excess of about 12,000 people.
“I’m very concerned that we’ll continue to see people with no idea what it’s like to live out west, making decisions about how we use our land and water.”
“That’s a nett gain of approximately 10,000 people for the local member to represent.”
“The people of these smaller rural towns, that already struggling, need more representation, not less.”
“We need to make sure that everything is being done to ensure adequate representation in rural and regional areas.”
Mr Katter was disappointed the rural areas would miss out once again.
“The major parties have got what they wanted which is less representation in regional areas,” he said.
“It’s another example of rural areas being overlooked.”
“With less representation in the bush, we’ll continue to see policies focussed on cities.”