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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 23 November 1994



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 23 November 1994

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Parliamentary Record 6


Debates for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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DEBATES - Wednesday 23 November 1994 receive the economic and protective defensive services. We, in asking, know that minor noise problems exist, but we understand, and your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. New Zealand Cultural Club M r BURKE (Brennan)(by leave): Mr Speaker, I present a copy o f a petition from 61 citizens o f the Northern Territory relating to the wish o f the New Zealand community in Darwin to have land and buildings acquired for the purposes o f establishing a New Zealand cultural club. The petition does not conform with the requirements o f standing orders. M r Speaker, I move that the petition be read. M otion agreed to; petition read: I hereby support the proposal that land and buildings be acquired for the purpose o f the New Zealand community here in Darwin to foster cultural ties and better community relations amongst fellow Territorians. MOTION Extension of Appointment of Acting Ombudsman Mr PERRON (Chief Minister)(by leave): M r Speaker, I move that, pursuant to section 9 o f the Ombudsman (Northern Territory) Act, this Assembly recommends to His H onour the Administrator that Thomas John Galloway be appointed to act in the office o f Ombudsman during the current vacancy in the office, caused by the resignation o f Ian Victor Knight, until that vacancy is filled by an appointment under section 4(3) o f the act. Section 9 o f the Ombudsman (Northern Territory) Act provides for the appointment o f an acting Ombudsman. Thomas John Galloway, the assistant Ombudsman, has a standing appointment to act in the office of Ombudsman for continuous periods not exceeding 3 months. Mr Galloway has been acting in the office since 12 October 1994 when the former Ombudsman resigned. The 3-month time limit on the acting appointment will expire on 11 January 1995, and the Administrator cannot make a subsequent appointment unless recommended to do so by the Legislative Assembly. It is doubtful that the arrangements to appoint a replacement Ombudsman will be finalised by 11 January 1995 and, as the Assembly does not meet again until February, it is necessary for this Assembly to make a recommendation to the Administrator to extend Mr Galloways appointment. M r EDE (Opposition Leader): Mr Speaker, we concur with this move by the Chief Minister. It is necessary. A very large field o f applicants has put forward their names for the position. A committee, comprising the Secretary o f the Department o f the Chief Minister, 2 government members and myself, has met once to date to short-list those applicants. That process has taken place, but it will be some time before it is possible to bring the members o f the committee and those applicants together for interviews. In fact, I believe that, on the current date, I will be appointing my deputy, the member for Barkly, to take my position on that committee. It will be impossible to comply with the standard 1792