Two bills introduced into the ACT Legislative Assembly today will increase the size of the assembly to 25 members representing five electorates.
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, introduced two bills that together increase the size of the assembly and allow for five members to be returned from each of five electorates at the 2016 ACT election.
“This is an important reform which will improve representative democracy and good governance for the people of Canberra,” Mr Corbell said.
“These amendments are consistent with the findings of an expert reference group, chaired by the Electoral Commissioner, on the size of the Legislative Assembly.
“That report recommended an increase in the size of the Assembly to 25 members, with five members from each of five electorates for the 2016 election.”
The size of the assembly was originally set by the Commonwealth in the ACT Self-Government Act in 1988.
“Canberra has come a long way since self-government. We have grown as a population. Our Assembly is responsible for making laws for territory and local government functions. It has wider functions than parliaments in other states and the Northern Territory, none of which have fewer than 25 members.
“The assembly has wider functions than it did at self-government. The ACT also provides services to the surrounding NSW region.
“Now is the time for us to address the issue. These bills will help ensure good governance by providing more representation, and more capacity to oversee the functions of Government.”