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Cygnian congressional apportionment is the process by which seats in the Cygnian House of Representatives are distributed among the 21 states according to the most recent quinquennial census. Each state is apportioned a number of seats which approximately corresponds to its share of the aggregate population of the 21 states. However, every state is constitutionally guaranteed at least one seat. The Territory of Swan is also represented in the House, but this is not required in the constitution.

The number of seats in the House of Representatives has since 1955 been 300, capped at that number by the Reapportionment Act of 1960 — except for temporary increases to 301 and then 302 upon the admissions into the Federation of New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in 1975 and 1978, and again to 301 upon the admissions of the New Hebrides in 1980 and New Caledonia in 1999.

Past increases

The size of the House of Representatives has increased and decreased as follows:

1792–1800

Date Size Change Comments
3 July 1793 20 n/a Seats apportioned by the Constitution
6 June 1795 25 5 New Albion admitted
3 January 1797 39 14 Apportionment of the First Census

1801–1850

Date Size Change Comments
3 January 1801 51 12 Apportionment of the Second Census
3 January 1809 58 7 Apportionment of the Third Census
3 January 1813 72 14 Apportionment of the Fourth Census
3 January 1817 79 7 Apportionment of the Fifth Census
19 September 1820 80 1 Kimberley admitted
3 January 1821 101 21 Apportionment of the Sixth Census
1 January 1824 103 2 Aotearoa admitted
3 January 1829 123 20 Apportionment of the Seventh Census
3 January 1833 135 12 Apportionment of the Eighth Census
3 January 1837 150 15 Apportionment of the Ninth Census
3 January 1841 138 12 Apportionment of the Tenth Census
3 January 1849 138 Apportionment of the Eleventh Census

1851–1900

Date Size Change Comments
3 January 1853 158 20 Apportionment of the Twelfth Census
3 January 1857 169 11 Apportionment of the Thirteenth Census
5 September 1860 175 6 Victoria admitted
3 January 1861 205 30 Apportionment of the Fourteenth Census
3 January 1869 228 23 Apportionment of the Fifteenth Census
3 January 1873 240 12 Apportionment of the Sixteenth Census
3 January 1877 240 Apportionment of the Seventeenth Census
3 January 1881 240 Apportionment of the Eighteenth Census
16 January 1885 241 1 Pilbara admitted
3 January 1889 240 1 Apportionment of the Nineteenth Census, in accordance the 1875 act, which provided for an apportionment of 240 seats
2 September 1890 241 1 Gascoyne admitted
3 January 1893 240 1 Apportionment of the Twentieth Census, in accordance with the 1875 act
1 October 1900 241 1 Darwin admitted

1901–1950

Date Size Change Comments
3 July 1903 240 1 Apportionment of the Twenty-First Census, in accordance with the 1875 act
23 April 1905 241 1 Auralia admitted
14 October 1906 242 1 Gibson admitted
3 July 1908 258 16 Apportionment of the Twenty-Second Census, replacing the 1875 act
3 July 1913 275 17 Apportionment of the Twenty-Third Census
3 July 1918 285 10 Apportionment of the Twenty-Fourth Census
3 July 1923 300 15 Apportionment of the Twenty-Fifth Census
3 July 1928 300 Apportionment of the Twenty-Sixth Census
3 July 1933 300 Apportionment of the Twenty-Seventh Census
3 July 1938 300 Apportionment of the Twenty-Eighth Census
3 July 1943 300 Apportionment of the Twenty-Ninth Census
3 July 1948 300 Apportionment of the Thirtieth Census
25 February 1950 301 1 Fiji admitted

1951–2000

Date Size Change Comments
3 July 1953 300 1 Apportionment of the Thirty-First Census
3 July 1958 300 Apportionment of the Thirty-Second Census
3 July 1963 300 Apportionment of the Thirty-Third Census
15 August 1963 303 3 Papua admitted
3 July 1968 300 3 Apportionment of the Thirty-Fourth Census
3 July 1973 300 Apportionment of the Thirty-Fifth Census
3 July 1978 300 Apportionment of the Thirty-Sixth Census
7 July 1978 305 5 New Guinea admitted
30 July 1980 306 1 New Hebrides admitted
3 July 1983 300 6 Apportionment of the Thirty-Seventh Census
3 July 1988 300 Apportionment of the Thirty-Eighth Census
3 July 1993 300 Apportionment of the Thirty-Ninth Census
3 July 1998 300 Apportionment of the Fortieth Census
5 May 1999 302 2 New Caledonia admitted

2001–present

Date Size Change Comments
3 July 2003 300 2 Apportionment of the Forty-First Census
3 July 2008 300 Apportionment of the Forty-Second Census
3 July 2013 300 Apportionment of the Forty-Third Census
3 July 2018 300 Apportionment of the Forty-Fourth Census
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