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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 which are being produced in the Northern Territory now, and a certain horsepower rating is needed to be enable it to pull that kind o f ... M r Bailey: Do they comply with national standards? M r COULTER: It has nothing to do with national standards. We do not want a situation created where we would have to outlaw vehicles o f that kind in the Northern Territory because they do not meet what is being applied in Parramatta Road for example. That is the reason. W e have been assured through various bodies that it is not the issue that it was previously. As I said, the Chief Minister has written to the Prime Minister stating that we have withdrawn from that position and that we understand that we are protected under certain conditions that have been explained to us by various bodies and that COAG will have to change the agreement. That is what will happen and it will happen in the very near future. What we were trying to do - and it is something that the member for Wanguri does not understand - was to protect the Northern Territory by ensuring that we have operating capacities for road transport in the Northern Territory. Road trains travel across vast areas o f land with very little likelihood o f polluting the atmosphere in the way that would occur in some o f the more densely populated areas in the Northern Territory. At the time, the Territory was not a member o f the National Road Transport Commission. We are now and the commission understands what we are talking about. Honourable members will have noted that the schedule to the bill purports to be a copy o f the intergovernmental agreement already executed. In the electronic transference o f the text o f the agreement for inclusion in the bill, several lines were dropped from the text. The most dramatic o f the omissions was that o f the noting o f the Western Australian and South Australian signatories. With the Assemblys permission, I will ask the Clerk to make the changes necessary to reinstate the missing lines to the schedule. I commend the bill to honourable members. Motion agreed to; bill read a second time. M r COULTER (Conservation)(by leave): Mr Deputy Speaker, I move that the bill be now read a third time. Motion agreed to; bill read a third time. M OTOR ACCIDENTS (COMPENSATION) AM ENDM ENT BILL (Serial 47) Continued from 13 October 1994. M r EDE (Opposition Leader): Mr Deputy Speaker, this bill amends the Motor Accidents (Compensation) Act by changing the period after which benefits cannot be claimed. The current situation is that a claim should be made as soon as practicable after an accident and that it may be refused if made more than 6 months after the accident. After 1835

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