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Thursday, 9 December 1976
Page: 3705

Mr Calder asked the Minister for the Northern Territory, upon notice:

(   1 ) Has his Department, either alone or in conjunction with the Department of Construction, undertaken any studies relating to the formation of a Northern Territory Electricity Supply Authority.

(2)   If the departments which should be involved have not undertaken such a study, will he make a statement on the Government's attitude regarding a statutory authority being formed in the Northern Territory to administer all aspects of the supply of electricity.

Mr Adermann -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   No. Previous Ministers of both departments exchanged views on a separate authority late in 1974 but the matter lapsed following the cyclone in December that year.

(2)   It is proposed that the Public Utilities Branch of the Department of the Northern Territory will be transferred to the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly with effect from 1 January 1977. It would be appropriate for the possibility of a separate Northern Territory Electricity Supply Authority to be discussed in the Commonwealth/Northern Territory Consultative Committee.

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