New electorate tipped for Ipswich

IPSWICH could be at the centre of a new federal electorate, if submissions handed to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) are accepted.

An announcement about the new seat will be made on July 24.

The AEC has collected submissions from interested parties on the structure of the new seat and possible names.

Member for Blair Shayne Neumann is tipping a new seat somewhere in south-east Queensland.

“It's pretty clear it's going to be the south side of the Brisbane River somewhere,” he said.

“Under the ALP's proposal, Blair loses 35,000 voters in the new structure.

“I'd pick up down to Goodna and a little bit of Springfield.

“The seat of Oxley (held by Bernie Ripoll) would lose Acacia Ridge and Algester, and pick up some Centenary suburbs.

“I would have 90 per cent of Ipswich and the rest would be in the new seat.

“At the moment, I've got 70 per cent of Ipswich.”

The Liberal National Party has suggested the new seat be called “Killen”, after former federal minister Jim Killen.

Labor favours “Theodore”, honouring former Queensland premier and deputy prime minister Edward “Red Ted” Theodore.

Mr Neumann said Labor was keen to preserve “communities of interest”.

“The truth is, there's going to be major changes because the growth in the Ipswich area is so great,” he said.

All suggestions received by the AEC about the federal redistribution are available for public inspection on the AEC website.

Interested parties can write comments about the suggestions 'til May 8.

The redistribution will not be finalised until late this year. Currently the House of Representatives has 150 electorates.



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