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Wednesday, 19 September 1973
Page: 1306

Mr Hunt (GWYDIR, NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for the Nor thern Territory, upon notice:

(1)   When will he reconstruct the Northern Territory Legislative Council to provide for a fully elected assembly.

(2)   What progress has been made with members of the Legislative Council in regard to constitutional advancement, giving more direct powers to the elected Members in respect of State-like responsibilities.

Mr Enderby (Minister for the Northern Territory) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   It is the objective of the Government to introduce a fully elected legislative assembly for the Northern Territory by, 31 December 1974.

(2)   Following discussions with myself the Northern Territory Legislative Council prepared a submission on the establishment of a form of self-government which would meet the local needs of the Territory. That submission has been considered by the Government which has decided that the next step towards the introduction of a reformed constitutional structure for the Territory should be to ask the Joint Committee on the Northern Territory to undertake an early inquiry ino the subject.

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