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  Australian Electoral Commission to abolish Federal NSW seat of Hunter
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AuthorJames Glenday
MediaTV News - Australian Broadcasting Corporation News
News DateFriday, October 16, 2015 04:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe Australian Electoral Commission has announced plans to abolish the current federal NSW seat of Hunter, which is held by Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon.

At the next election, the number of seats in the state must fall from 48 to 47, while Western Australia gains one, moving from 15 to 16.

The Electoral Commission's Tom Rogers said a significant number of electoral boundary changes had been proposed due to "current and projected enrolment numbers".

"After careful consideration, the Redistribution Committee unanimously proposes the abolition of the existing Division of Hunter," he said in a statement.

Electors in the north of Hunter will join New England.

The remainder, roughly 40 per cent of the electorate, will become part of the Division of Paterson.

But the division of Hunter was created at Federation in 1901, which means that even though the seat will be abolished, the name will be retained.

The AEC proposes renaming the seat of Charlton, Hunter.

It also wants to call the current seat of Throsby, Whitlam, in honour of the late prime minister, Gough Whitlam.
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