Annual Report 1994/1995 Department of the Chief Minister
Tabled Paper 2031
Tabled Papers for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT
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i ANNUAL REPORT 1994-95 The reforms include: Trade Practices legislation to cover State and Local Government business enterprises and unincorporated businesses. Development of procedures for structural reform of public monopolies. Introduction of competition in the business activities of governments and other sectors of the economy through a program of regulatory review. Intergovernmental Relations and New Federalism COAG has continued to be a key focus of general intergovernmental relations issues during 1994-95. In addition, in July 1994 Premiers and Chief Ministers met to discuss issues relating to the state of the Australian Federation. They resolved to meet twice a year in a Leaders Forum as part of a commitment to building a new Australian Federation. The Territory has been involved with the other States through Leaders Forum and Senior Officials meetings, in discussions relating to the Australian Federal system of Government and identification of the changes required to improve the working of the Federation. The Centenary of the Federation in the Year 2001 has been an added catalyst for this review. Participation in National Working Parties In the COAG Roles and Responsibilities exercise, officers have contributed to the review process by either active participation in working groups or through the development of coordinated Territory views. In April 1995, following almost twelve months of development work by officers, COAG endorsed a proposal for wide-ranging reform of the health and community services sectors. This will not only address the issues of roles and responsibilities between levels of government, but aims to restructure the funding of services to help people access the sector more easily. Major Projects Facilitation Policy and Coordination officers were able to provide service-wide coordination on projects ranging from the possible lease to the Commonwealth of the Gunn Point Prison Farm to the Waste Audit Review Committees recommendation for future Government waste handling PROGRAMS AND PERFORMANCE Northern Territory Statehood Policy analysis of the issue of Statehood for the Northern Territory to ensure it becomes a major issue on the national agenda for the Centenary of Federation. Through COAG and following a submission to the Centenary of Federation Advisory Committee, it was agreed to establish a working group of Commonwealth and Northern Territory officials to prepare a report on issues relating to a possible grant of Statehood. 42
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