Warrego MP Ann Leahy.
Warrego MP Ann Leahy. Contributed

Warrego electorate to get even bigger at next election

THE state electorate of Warrego will get even bigger at the next election according to its elected member Ann Leahy.

The Electoral and Another Act Amendment Bill, 2015 tabled by the LNP last week aimed to provide better representation and access to their member for country people, by limiting the growth in size of the electorate.

Ms Leahy said debate in the parliament was "spirited" over the electorate redistribution legislation but the private members bill was eventually rejected. Mr Walker said by rejecting the bill, the Palaszczuk government was "holding Queensland back from being fairly and effectively represented".

He cited the Fitzgerald Inquiry's recommendation that there be constitutional reviews every seven years, "that was almost 25 years ago," he said.

In her address to parliament last week Brisbane ALP MP, Grace Grace opposed the bill and said the Queensland people "have no appetite for voting based on size, not people".

"People vote, not trees or acres of land, but those opposite want to return to bad old days where square kilometres of land count in lieu of voters and people," Ms Grace said.

Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker said the defeat of the bill was a blow for regional Queenslanders.

"Brisbane residents don't need any more representation just as Warrego constituents don't need any more area in their seat," Ms Leahy said.


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