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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 Mr Coulter: That is right. He carries me a bit. Mr BAILEY: Someone needs to. He said that the bill is really a tidying-up exercise. Coal deposits in the Northern Territory are minimal or non-existent. The few deposits of peat will be covered by amendments to the Mining Act. Motion agreed to; bill read a second time. Mr COULTER (Mines and Energy)(by leave): Mr Speaker, I move that the bill now be read a third time. Motion agreed to; bill read a third time. REMUNERATION TRIBUNAL REPORTS Continued from 30 April 1991. Motion agreed to. REAL PROPERTY AMENDMENT BILL (Serial 20) REAL PROPERTY (CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS) BILL (Serial 21) Continued from 6 February 1991. Mr BELL (MacDonnell): Mr Speaker, I rise to make some comments on the Real Property Amendment Bill. As the honourable minister noted when he reintroduced the bills on 6 February, they are substantially the same bills as those introduced in the last parliament. The Real Property Act relates to the registration of land titles in the Northern Territory and this amendment bill is concerned with giving legislative effect to the computerisation of land titles. The Registrar-General1s Office has had titles on its computer since 1981, and I believe that it was the first such office in Australia to do so. In a relatively small jurisdiction, at least in terms of the number of titles, reaching that state of affairs was probably not as difficult a task as it might be elsewhere. The task was assisted also by the relatively simple title system which the Northern Territory has acquired. The process employed in the development of these computer records involves recording sketches of the boundaries of a property which are found on current certificates of title. This is a dramatic new technological advance and I believe that the survey and mapping sections of the Department of Lands and Housing have had considerable input into this arrangement. I would urge all honourable members to get themselves across what is in fact an Australian first as far as the registration of titles is concerned. I recall receiving a briefing from that section of the Department of Lands and Housing a year or so ago and being very impressed, not only with the modern technology involved, but also with the reports of interest in the system from elsewhere. The department has developed that technology. I am yet to see exactly how it interacts with the Registrar-General1s office, but I hope to avail myself of the opportunity to do so at some stage. The bill introduces a major change of terminology in this area. Certificates of title never leave the Titles Office. What people see when they deal in land is the duplicate certificate of title. The problem with this description is that it is only a duplicate at the exact moment at which 870

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