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SA Libs oppose Labor's boundaries appeal

AAP logoAAP 21/12/2016

The South Australian Liberal Party will oppose an appeal launched by the governing Labor Party against the state's redrawn electoral boundaries, a court has heard.

Labor's SA branch secretary Reggie Martin lodged a Supreme Court appeal on Monday against the new boundaries for the 2018 state election, saying they would give some voters more sway than others.

When the case came before the court on Wednesday, Liberal SA director Sascha Meldrum applied to join the action as a "contradictor", wanting the new boundaries to remain.

Meanwhile Chief Justice Chris Kourakis ordered details of the appeal be published in newspapers and online to spread the word to voters who may wish to join the action.

The action comes after the SA Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission revealed the new boundaries earlier this month.

The revamp means almost 400,000 people will vote in a different seat in the next state election, notionally handing four more seats to the opposition.

It puts the Liberals in a strong position to win 25 of the 47-seat parliament to claim a clear majority, based on voting in the 2014 election

It also means Labor would need a swing of more than three per cent in 2018 to secure a historic fifth term.

Mr Martin said the commission chose a different approach for the redraw, departing from the constitutional "one vote, one value" principle that aims for each electorate to have the same number of votes.

The case, which must progress urgently as per constitutional rules and so it is resolved before the 2018 election, will return to court on Friday.

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