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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 ask for that for the simple reason that I am aware that what is recorded in Hansard is able to be used in legal proceedings to explain what a minister has said. From what the minister has just said, I take it that, until this legislation is assented to by the Administrator, any accident that occurs before that date will not be affected in any way by these changes. In other words, an accident that occurred a few weeks ago or even 10 years ago would have ongoing protection for a claim to be made at any time. Thus, this amending legislation will apply only to accidents that occur after the legislation is assented to. I would like the minister to state that anyone who has had an accident previously will be able to claim for injury in relation to it at any time in the future. Mr POOLE (Territory Insurance): M r Speaker, what the member for Wanguri has said is quite correct. The rights that apply under the law today will continue to apply until this new amendment is assented to by the Administrator, Therefore, nothing is changed until the act is assented to. Mr Bailey interjecting. M r POOLE: Then the new time limit will come into affect. M r Ede: Another 3 years from that time? Mr POOLE: That is correct. Motion agreed to; bill read a third time. VALUATION OF LAND AMENDMENT BILL (Serial 46) Continued from 13 October 1994 Mr STIRLING (Nhulunbuy): Mr Deputy Speaker, at present, the Valuer-General carries out triennial cyclical valuations o f all rateable land throughout the Northern Territory. Where land is subdivided, the boundaries have changed, the land has been improved or the use o f the land has changed, the local council can request a new valuation. This bill makes it clear that such a new valuation can be o f the improved capital value, the annual value or the unimproved capital value whichever was the previous type o f valuation applying. In respect o f the valuation o f heritage properties, it is clarified that the new valuation should be o f the same type as the old valuation. If a new valuation o f a heritage property occurs under sections 10 or lO A of the act, the owner retains the value o f the heritage place regardless o f the reason for the new valuation. Whereas the act may not have been clear previously, there can be no mistake after the passage o f this amendment. For that reason, the opposition supports the bill. M r HATTON (Lands, Housing and Local Government): Mr Speaker, I thank the shadow minister for his support o f the legislation and for effectively repeating my second-reading speech. 1845