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Annual Report 1994/1995 Department of the Chief Minister



Annual Report 1994/1995 Department of the Chief Minister

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i ANNUAL REPORT 1994-95 GOVERNMENT HOUSE OVERVIEW Section 32 of the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978 provides that there shall be an Administrator of the Territory, and further provides that the Administrator is charged with the duty of administering the government of the Northern Territory. The Administrator is appointed by the Governor-General and holds office at the pleasure of the Governor-General. The staff at the Administrator's Office and Government House form a unit which is financed by the Department of the Chief Minister but which reports directly to the Administrator. The Honourable Austin Asche AC QC is the fifteenth Administrator of the Northern Territory. PROGRAMS AND PERFORMANCE Provide policy and protocol advice, administrative and secretarial support to the Administrator and his wife in relation to their program of engagements throughout the Northern Territory. Throughout the year, the Administrator presided over 17 meetings of the Executive Council and considered 122 submissions. His Honour gave his assent to 71 Bills and signed 36 Notices of Commencement. In August 1994, be received an Address-in-Reply to the speech he delivered at the Opening of the First Session of the Seventh Assembly. In June 1995, he accepted the resignation of the Honourable M B Perron MLA as Chief Minister and administered the Oaths of Office to the new Chief Minister, the Honourable S L Stone MLA and the Northern Territory Government Ministry. This year has been particularly busy as the second year in office of the Honourable Austin Asche AC QC with the Administrator participating in 824 activities. The Administrator travelled extensively, meeting Territorians in 27 townships and communities throughout the Territory and spending 78 days out of Darwin. These included Territory Day and Australia Day celebrations, citizenship ceremonies, opening shows and hosting functions for organisations of which His Honour and his wife, Dr Valerie Asche, are patrons. His Honour and Dr Asche also visited Indonesia once and paid courtesy calls on the Governors of South Sulawesi, North Sulawesi and Bali, the Vice Governor of Nusa Tenggara Barat, Commanders of Kodams VII and IX, Bupatis and University Rectors. 32