In any single-member electoral system, there are few things quite so sure to give a politician sleepless nights as a redrawing of electoral boundaries.

Writing in his now-famous diaries in 2000, Mark Latham encapsulated the sentiment when he complained that redistributions were "bloody horrible things, out of your control". Strikingly, this was said in reference to an arrangement that left undisturbed the safe Labor status of his south-western Sydney seat of Werriwa. He was nonetheless left sweating over the loss of friendly ALP branches from his preselection turf, which were replaced by what he described as "stacked Left-wing branches in Liverpool".