The Legislative Assembly could house twice as many politicians, under a suggestion from an expert reference group.

The Legislative Assembly could house twice as many politicians, under a suggestion from an expert reference group. Photo: Melissa Adams

Canberrans have been asked to consider doubling the number of local politicians in a review of the ACT’s Legislative Assembly.

The expert reference group appointed to the review by the territory government has published its issues paper, which includes a suggestion of up to 35 members of the Assembly representing five electorates, each returning seven MLAs.

There are also options in the paper for an expanded Assembly of 21, 25, 27 or 33 members in a revamped Assembly.

The reference group is inviting submissions from the public before the next phase of the review proceeds.

The paper makes a clear case for more local representatives, reproducing research that shows Canberrans are easily the nation’s most under-represented electors with just 5.6 elected representatives for every 100,000 people. 

The next jurisdiction on the table, Victoria, has 14.4 representatives for every 100,000 people and the Northern Territory tops the charts with 75.4 representatives for every 100,000 residents.

The national average is 26.