Deadline looming for response to changes

Colac and district residents have until Friday to make comments on objections to proposed electoral changes which include moving Colac into the federal seat of Wannon.

Colac and district residents have until Friday to make comments on objections to proposed electoral changes which include moving Colac into the federal seat of Wannon.

The Australian Electoral Commission has proposed changing the name of the federal seat of Corangamite to Cox, along with moving the boundary to redistribute the number of voters.

But the augmented Electoral Commission of Victoria will consider objections and comments on objections over the next two months before making a decision.

The Australian Electoral Commission has published 413 “objections” to the proposed Victorian redistribution of federal electorates online.

More than 180 “objections” referred to the proposed name and, or boundary changes affecting the current Corangamite or Wannon electorates.

But while the submissions are called “objections”, more than 30 were letters or emails supporting the AEC’s proposal to move Colac into Wannon.

About 85 objections opposed Colac becoming part of Wannon and 119 objections opposed changing the Corangamite electorate name to Cox.

The AEC proposed the name Cox to recognise May Cox, a Melbourne-born swimming teacher in government schools and community leader in Victoria in the early twentieth century.

Objectors opposed the name Cox for a variety of reasons including their preference to retain the name Corangamite because it was federation seat and an Aboriginal word, while numerous people raised concerns about future leaders being known as the Member for Cox.

One objector said she “could not bear the inevitable smutty, smirky, sarcastic jokes and comments that will spew from the immature ranks of the current bunch of predominantly male federal parliamentarians”.

Objectors suggested alternative names including Aboriginal words which could be appropriate if the current Corangamite boundary moved east and no longer touched Lake Corangamite.

Multiple objections from residents and businesses supported the Colac Otway Shire Council objection which rejected splitting the shire into two electorates.

For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.

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