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The Council of Territory Co-operation Committee First Report February 2010



The Council of Territory Co-operation Committee First Report February 2010

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Tabled By Gerard Wood


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Council of Territory Co-operation 52 First Report commencement of the CTC have shown that the CTC cannot respond effectively and responsively to those matters. The situation regarding the meltdown in child protection and the continuing problems in housing, land release and the Top Ends power supply demonstrate how impotent this body of governance, in reality, is. Finally, the Country Liberals express their disappointment that of the 25 recommendations they brought to the CTC that only six (with two in an amended form) were accepted with not a single syllable of the original submissions background being accepted by the Committee. Whilst one recommendation has been incorporated in the majority report as text, this isnt a good outcome with regard to co-operation. Notably, the Member for Nelson who drives the philosophy of cooperation, was instrumental in all the votes that saw so much of the Country Liberals material being struck out. This is doubly disappointing because prior to doing so, the Member for Nelson said that he thought many of the recommendations were good recommendations. Recommendations The CTC should meet weekly so it can be more responsive to the issues affecting Territorians. Public servants briefing the CTC should be fulsome and forthcoming with information on all occasions when advising the CTC. The agreement with the Chief Minister be amended to compel the attendance of Ministers before the CTC. To achieve its aims the Government must provide a secretariat that is staffed with sufficient expert and other resources. CTC reports must be timely and handed directly to government for immediate advice as to what action will be taken in relation to the report. The CTC should be more willing to use its powers of compulsion.