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Friday, 20 November 1936


Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE (Western Australia) (Minister for External Affairs) [11.37]. - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

This is a short bill conferring the right on the representative of the Northern Territory in the House of Representatives to vote on motions for the disallowance of ordinances of that Territory.

Section 5 of the Northern Territory Representation Act 1922-1925, provides that the member representing the Northern Territory shall not be entitled to vote on any question that arises in the House of Representatives. It has been represented to the Government that he should be entitled to vote on Northern Territory matters. Section 21 of the Northern Territory (Administration) Act 1910-1933 confers on the Governor-

General power to make ordinances having the force of law in, and in relation to, the Northern Territory. That section requires, however, that all ordinances shall bc laid on the table of both Houses of the Parliament, and provides that they may be disallowed by resolution of cither House after notice has been given in the prescribed manner. The Government considers it desirable that the member representing the Northern Territory should be entitled to vote on motions for the disallowance of ordinances of the territory, and this bill proposes to confer on him the power to vote on such motions and on any amendments thereof.

Debate (on motions by Senator COL./,1 NON) adjourned.







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