The draft federal redistribution boundaries for NSW will be announced this morning. Unfortunately I’ll be in work and won’t be able to break the story (although generally it’s best to wait until Antony Green crunches the numbers). I will hopefully be able to post something during my lunch break. I’ll also try and get the Google Earth map ASAP, but if it is a big file like in the case of Queensland, it may need to wait for the weekend.
Update: I have work, but I have a few thoughts I would share with you all:
- Reid has been abolished, as has Lowe. Parts of both seats have created the new seat of McMahon, basically covering Canada Bay and Auburn, with a little bit of the other inner west LGAs.
- Macarthur has moved further into Sydney. I’m guessing this will make it marginal Labor. It has gained a small amount of Campbelltown from Werriwa and lost parts of Wollondilly. It has also gained the western outreaches of Liverpool.
- Cunningham has pushed as far north as Port Hacking, while Cook and Hughes have both become a lot more compact. Hughes has spilled over the Georges River into Bankstown.
- Wentworth has had no change, while Rosebery, the only part of the City of Sydney in Kingsford Smith, has gone back to Sydney. No other change to those seats. Very little change to Grayndler.
- Watson, Barton and Banks have been radically redrawn to cover the Canterbury-St George area, along with Burwood and parts of Bankstown.
- Fowler is much more compact.
- Mackellar, Warringah, Bradfield, North Sydney and Bennelong have all had relatively minor changes.
- Parramatta has shifted to the east and south to be centred much more on Parramatta CBD.
- Greenway has reverted from being a huge Hawkesbury seat to being a small Blacktown seat, while Hawkesbury has been returned to Macquarie.
- Dobell, Robertson, Charlton, Shortland and Newcastle have remained largely intact.
- Farrer has remained the same.
- Eden-Monaro has lost most of the territory west of the ACT to Riverina while gaining Bateman’s Bay.
- Calare has retracted back into the Central West, while Parkes has become the massive Far West seat.