The Electoral Amendment (Territory Representation) Bill 2020 changes how the number of representatives for the 2 mainland territories is calculated. This government bill is similar in purpose to an earlier private senator’s bill.
The bill received wide support across the parliament. In a speech supportive of the bill, Senator Malarndirri McCarthy said, “through the combined efforts of so many, we stand here to do the right thing, to make sure the voices of the people of the Northern Territory and the people of the Indian Ocean Territories grow louder in strength, not softer. Bauji Barra.”