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Wednesday, 30 November 1983
Page: 3048


Mr LIONEL BOWEN (Minister for Trade)(12.44) —I move:

Clause 3, page 2, lines 18 and 19, omit paragraphs (a) and (b) of the definition of law of the Commonwealth, substitute the following paragraphs:

'(a) the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978;

(b) the Norfolk Island Act 1979; or

(c) a law made under, or continued in force by, an Act referred to in paragraph (a) or (b);'.

The purpose of the amendment is to exclude laws of Norfolk Island from the definition of the law of the Commonwealth in clause 3 of the Bill, thus ensuring that the Administration of the Territory will retain its existing responsibility for prosecution of offences under the local criminal law of Norfolk Island. The result would be that the Administrator of that island would present indictments for Territory offences and the Director of Public Prosecutions would present indictments for Commonwealth offences.

Amendment agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill reported with an amendment; report-by leave-adopted.