19 Aug 2019

MP aiming to ensure Norfolk Island properly represented

10:43 am on 19 August 2019

The new Australian Labor Party MP for the Canberra seat of Bean, says all constituents should have the capacity to influence decisions that affect them.

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Photo: Norfolk Government

David Smith was commenting on Norfolk Islanders who are included within his electorate despite being 2000 kilometres away.

In 2016 the Australian Government removed Norfolk Island's autonomy - a move that outraged a number on the island and has sparked appeals to the United Nations and other international fora.

Mr Smith said it's a fundamental principle that constituents, wherever they might be, have a say in issues that affect them.

"I guess the feedback I was getting from constituents in Norfolk Island, and that's both face-to-face - I visited Norfolk late last year, and certainly through emails and correspondence, was there was a significant gap there, that didn't have to be there when the changes were made."

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