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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 30 November 1993



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 30 November 1993

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Parliamentary Record 23


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




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DEBATES - Tuesday 30 November 1993 all over the Northern Territory, they have been adopted in the Darwin rural area. I am talking about a time before this minister had the portfolio. 1 am not saying that it would be any different if the Labor Party were in power. It would contact the ALP branch in the area. Mr Bailey: Under our proposal, we would have no choice. We would have to accept the people nominated. Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH: The minister does not know who is in the rural area and therefore he will have to contact the local government people or the local party people. Why doesn't he cut his work and let the local government people decide. Mr Stone: Just like the car park in Charles Street. Mrs Padgham-Purich: That is your problem. You have to sort that out. Mr HATTON: It is a particularly striking example of an instance where the Planning Authority took the views from the local government authority in relation to parking and local roads. Mrs Padgham-Purich: I would not speak for the Darwin City Council. They are a weird mob. Mr HATTON: This legislation relates to all councils in the Territory, not merely the Litchfield Shire Council. If the member for Wanguri maintains that the local representatives are not responsible to the council, why did he use that argument? Mr Bailey: They are not bound. Mr HATTON: He argued earlier that they are there to represent the council. I accept that they are not there to represent the council. They are there to represent the local community. That is why we have built into the legislation the process of advertising broadly in the community and we will put political heat on their tail to ensure that non-aldermen have an opportunity to represent the community. Mr Bailey: You may not pick them because you do not like them. Mr HATTON: I say to the member for Nelson that it is true that the local councils have a better knowledge of the people living in their area. That is why we ask them to supply a list of people in whom they have confidence. We make a choice from their list. Mr Bailey: Why should you have the right to choose? Mr HATTON: Because it happens to be an authority that reports to me. The Planning Authority makes recommendations to me as the minister for planning. It does not report to the local government. It is a statutory authority of the Northern Territory government and I happen to be the minister who is responsible for that authority. I have a right to have a say on who sits on an authority for which I am responsible and for which I am held accountable in this House. Amendment negatived. 10 675

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