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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 1 May 1991



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 1 May 1991

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Parliamentary Record 3


Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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DEBATES - Wednesday 1 May 1991 SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS Mr REED (Primary Industry and Fisheries): Mr Speaker, I move that so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent 2 bills, the Heritage Conservation Bill (Serial 24) and the Valuation of Land Amendment Bill (Serial 44): (a) being presented and read a first time together and one motion being put in regard to, respectively, the second readings, the committee's report stage and the third readings of the bills together; and (b) the consideration of the bills separately in the committee of the whole. Motion agreed to. HERITAGE CONSERVATION BILL (Serial 24) VALUATION OF LAND AMENDMENT BILL (Serial 44) Bills presented and read a first time. Mr REED (Primary Industry and Fisheries): Mr Speaker, I move that the bills be now read a second time. It gives me much pleasure and a great deal of satisfaction to introduce a bill to establish a Heritage Conservation Act for the Northern Territory. It is the culmination of 2 years work by officers of the Conservation Commission who have been greatly assisted by a wide range of contributions from individuals and organisations throughout the Territory and interstate. It is over 2 years since the government announced its intention to introduce heritage legislation. During the first half of 1989, a discussion paper was made available for public comment, and the response was supportive of new legislation rather than a revision of existing statutes. Work commenced on the framing of a bill and, in November 1989, my predecessor, the member for Nightcliff, tabled a discussion draft heritage conservation bill. A revised bill was tabled in this Assembly in October last year. The 2 draft bills stimulated considerable public interest. During 1990, approximately 50 written submissions were received, many of them going Into considerable detail. A series of meetings were held with key interest groups and departments resulting in several revisions of the draft legislation. The present bill presents the outcome of a lengthy period of careful consideration and negotiation. There can be absolutely no doubt that there is substantial public support for this legislation. The purpose of the bill is to provide for the identification, assessment, recording and comprehensive protection of places and objects which form part of the natural and cultural heritage of the Northern Territory. The legislation will bind the Crown. Care has been taken to avoid duplication or conflict with existing legislation and, in particular, duplication of protection of Aboriginal heritage is avoided. The bill provides that, while heritage places may be registered which have been found to contain sacred sites, there is no duplication of regulatory controls. Equally important, individual property rights have been safeguarded. Property rights are protected by the provision for appeal against decisions by the minister and, in addition, by making explicit provision that, if there is determined to be any acquisition of property within the meaning of the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978, the Territory shall pay just compensation. A major objective of the legislation is to encourage and assist private owners to use and maintain heritage places through 861

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