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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 representatives o f the Northern Territory government concerned with transport administration in any joint or collaborative processes among the Commonwealth, states and territories for the establishment of measures for national motor vehicle emission and noise standards. The minister did not spend any time in his speech explaining exactly why ... Mr Coulter: The Chief Minister has written to the Prime Minister and we have withdrawn that exemption. Dont waste too much more o f your time on it. Mr BAILEY: Will that be an amendment in the committee stage? Mr Coulter: It will be a process. I can obtain copy o f it for you. It is not an amendment but, if the Chief Minister writes to the Prime Minister and says that we no longer want to proceed with that, I think that that will be sufficient. Mr BAILEY: Even though we stated that we would not comply with those clauses o f schedule 4 o f the agreement, I would have thought that clause 14 would have taken precedence over the schedule. I refer to page 7 o f the bill. Section 14( 1 )(g) states except as provided in subsection (2), motor vehicle noise and emissions. Section 14(2) states: Noise and emission standards relating to the design, construction and technical characteristics o f new and in-service motor vehicles may only (a) be developed and agreed in conjunction with the National Road Transport Commission. It would appear that we have not made any reference to not agreeing to that part o f the agreement. Therefore, I would have thought that we would be bound to go along with the national road transport standards because we agreed to them in the bill. It is only in the annexure to the schedule that we state that we do not intend to participate in ... M r Coulter: Do not worry about it now because we are in it. Mr BAILEY: Could you explain that when you have an opportunity ... Mr Coulter: Yes. M r BAILEY: I do not mean across the Chamber. I am asking you to explain, when reply to the debate, exactly why originally we did not wish to be in it. Mr Coulter: You wouldnt know? You have no idea. Mr BAILEY: I am simply asking you to explain. O f the entire agreement, that was the only area in which, at that stage, we did not want to participate.. M r Hatton: It is irrelevant. Why do you constantly worry about ancient history? 1833