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Wednesday, 6 October 1971
Page: 1919


Mr CALDER (NORTHERN TERRITORY) - My question is addressed to the Minister for the Interior and I refer to the committee comprised of Federal Ministers, members of Northern Territory Legislative Council and departmental officers set up to investigate the granting of greater constitutional powers to the Northern Territory Legislative Council. Can the Minister advise what progress has been made and what plans there are for further discussion?


Mr HUNT (GWYDIR, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Interior) - The joint study group that was set up by the Government has met on 2 occasions, the last meeting being held in June when the officials appointed by the Government discussed the matter of constitutional reform for the Northern Territory wilh an equal number of members of the Northern Territory Legislative Council.

The Government has decided that the Ministers' meeting requested by the councilors should be granted if it is sought after the Legislative Council elections are concluded and when the Legislative Council has been reconstituted. I have written to the Administrator of the Northern Territory conveying this decision to him so that he might inform the President of the Legislative Council in the immediate future.







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