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Wednesday, 28 February 1973
Page: 43

Mr DALY (Grayndler) (Minister for Services and Property) - I move:

That the Bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of this Bill is to amend the Northern Territory (Administration) Act to bring the age for candidature for elections of members of the Legislative Council of the Northern Territory into line with the candidature age of 18 years proposed for Senate and House of Representatives elections by the Commonwealth Electoral Bill 1973.

The Northern Territory (Administration) Act is administered by my colleague the Minister for the Northern Territory (Mr Enderby) but, as the subject matter of this Bill is related in part to the subject matter contained in the Commonwealth Electoral Bill, which I introduced earlier, my colleague felt that it would be appropriate for me to introduce this Bill also.

The lowering of the age for candidature for Northern Territory Legislative Council elections to 18 years is a natural consequence of the adoption of that age for candidature for election as a member of this House. The lowering of the age for enrolment and voting for both House of Representatives and Legislative Council elections in the Northern Territory will be achieved by amendment of the Northern Territory Electoral Regulations. The Commonwealth Statistician has advised that at the time of the last census there were 4,362 persons resident in the Northern Territory in the 18 to 20 year old age group. Mr Speaker, I commend the Bill to the House.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hunt) adjourned.

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