Both the WA Liberal and National parties have argued country voters should experience no further reduction in their electoral representation as part of a review likely to result in the biggest redraw of WA’s political battlelines in living memory. With the Legislative Council already condensed into a single state-wide electorate as a result of changes enacted by the McGowan Government, work is now underway to redistribute voters in the State’s 59 Lower House seats. The WA Electoral Commission runs the ruler over Legislate Assembly electorate boundaries after every election but the current review – which will hand down a final decision in November – is expected to completely overhaul a number of seats. That is because a previous boundary separating Perth metropolitan voters from the rest of WA was removed as part of Labor’s sweeping electoral reforms shortly after the party’s landslide 2021 victory, opening the door to amalgamated urban and country seats for the first time. The Nationals WA leader Shane Love said after the loss of 18 dedicate regional Legislative Council seats across the Mining and Pastoral, Agricultural and South West regions, country areas could not afford to lose anymore representation. “The government did not come clean before the election about their plans for the Upper House but weeks after they launched a process that stripped those seats away,” Mr Love said. He added any seats that bordered the metropolitan area, were “at some peril” of becoming “hybridised” by being part urban and part rural. The party’s state director Douglas Rodgers said the Nationals submission would mean the average regional seat would only have a population 2.3 per cent below the average electorate, down from the current regional variation of 3.1 per cent. “It wouldn’t be tenable for us to say we should keep the 16 seats even if the numbers don’t add up. The numbers do add up. Keeping the 16 seats is more than justified,” he said. The WA Liberals submission – prepared by party elder Jeremy Buxton – also highlights the next Parliament will no longer have designated country representatives in the Legislative Council. “The Government’s 2021 broken promise regarding Legislative Council regions, which reduced regional parliamentary representation, caused significant controversy,” it reads. “It would be implausible for the Commission to recommend the further breaking up of regional communities-of-interest by abolishing a country district, when no such decision is required.” The Nationals-held electorate of North West Central, which contains only around 11,000 electors - well down on the statewide average closer to 30,000 - is widely viewed as in danger of being abolished in favour of creating another Perth-based seat. Like their alliance partners, the WA Liberals advocate retaining the existing 16 regional districts with some shuffling of voters between those seats. That includes renaming Collie-Preston to simply “Preston” and ceding the nearly 7000 electors in the coal mining town – which voted heavily in favour of Labor in 2021 – to the currently Nationals-held seat of Roe. In return, the proposed seat of Preston would gain around 5600 voters from Australind, a coastal locality north of Bunbury currently in the seat of Murray-Wellington that exhibited a near 50-50 two-party preferred split at the last election. Murray-Wellington would then gain 4100 electors from Lakelands in the ultra-safe Labor seat of Mandurah. Dawesville in turn would hand a heavy concentration of Labor voters in Dudley Park back to Mandurah. In a change that would go some way to shielding Liberal Leader Libby Mettam from a potential Teal challenger, her seat of Vasse would shed 2500 voters in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River to the Labor-held Warren-Blackwood, which is a key target for the Nationals. Redistributions that would favour the Liberals in a bevy of Perth seats are also proposed, notably Carine, Scarborough, Darling Range, Forrestfield, Bassendean, Mount Lawley and Riverton. In total, the Liberal submission recommends transferring just 7 per cent of electors in non-metropolitan districts and 9.1 per cent of those in Perth seats while retaining the overall number of seats at 59, split 43-16 between Perth and the country. All submissions to the review are expected to me made public on Monday.