The boundaries of every federal electorate in Victoria will be changed to squeeze in a new seat.
The Australian Electoral Commission announced the Victorian redistribution today, adding an extra seat to recognise the state’s rapidly growing population.
The new electorate will be in Melbourne’s booming western suburbs and will be named Fraser after former prime minister Malcolm Fraser.
The ACT will also gain an extra seat because of its increase in voters, covering the central Canberra region and named Bean after war historian Charles Bean.
Next week the AEC will announce which seat will be lost in South Australia due to a fall in voter numbers in that state.
The changes mean there will be 151 federal MPs after the next election, compared to 150 at the moment.
More to come.