Letter from Mr Neil Bell Member for Macdonnell The Annual Report of the Northern Territory Law Reform Committee 1989-1990 to Hon. D.W. Manzie Attorney-General dated 2 January 1991
Tabled Paper 111
Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Daryl Manzie
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2 5 As the report notes (p.1), the Northern Territory Law Reform Committee is a "permanent independent non-statutory committee governed by a written constitution ... approved by the Attorney General." I note that amongst the objects of the Committee as determined by its revised constitution adopted on 24 April 1987 the object "to make recommendations for the reform or review of the law or legal proceedure in the Northern Territory if the Committee considers to be necessary or expedient" (ibid). The question arises: to whom does the Committee make recommendation? Is it purely to the Attorney General and to the executive? Or is it to the legislature as well? I believe that the interests of law reform in the Northern Territory would be better served if law reports from the Committee are made available to the legislature as a whole. There seem to be a number of ways of doing this. It could be done by amending the objects of the Committee to make it clear that its recommendations are to both the executive and to the legislature, or it could be done by providing a statutory place for the Law Reform Committee. What are your views in this regard? 6 Will you make available to the Members of the Legislative Assembly Shadow Minister for Legal Affairs J2 //1 /9 1
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