Expanding the Assembly

johnboy 21 December 2012

Elections ACT haev announced their work on expansion of the London Circuit Soviet:

The Expert Reference Group held its first meeting this week, following the appointment of the Reference Group by ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher on 13 December 2012.

The Chief Minister has asked the Expert Reference Group to:

— examine past reviews into the size of the Assembly;

— consider factors relevant to increasing the size of the Assembly;

— consider any limitations placed on changes to the size of the Assembly by the Proportional Representation (Hare-Clark) Entrenchment Act; and

— recommend options for increasing the size of the Assembly, including the number of electorates and the number of members for each electorate.

“Public input into this review will be very important,” Mr Green said. “The Expert Reference Group will be publishing a discussion paper in the third week in January. The discussion paper will be designed to inform people wishing to make a submission to the inquiry into the size of the Assembly and to raise issues that the group particularly intends to seek feedback on.”

The Expert Reference Group will seek public submissions by 1 March 2013. The group also intends to meet with Members of the Legislative Assembly.

“These public submissions and discussions will be used to inform the recommendations of the reference group. The Expert Reference Group is to report back to the Chief Minister by 31 March 2013,” Mr Green said.

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