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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 30 November 1993

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Title

Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 30 November 1993

Other title

Parliamentary Record 23

Collection

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

Date

1993-11-30

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Language

English

Subject

Debates

Publisher name

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

Use

Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/279510

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/418780

Page content

DEBATES - Tuesday 30 November 1993 This is a technical drafting change. The requirement for the minister to terminate the appointment of a local member in the circumstances provided for is qualified by the provision in clause 73(2) that a local member's term of office continues for a period after the general council election regardless of whether or not that person is reappointed. Amendment agreed to. Clause 80, as amended, agreed to. Clauses 81 and 82 agreed to. Clause 83: Mr HATTON: Mr Chairman, I move amendment 143-78. This is a drafting correction to omit superfluous words. Amendment agreed to. Mr BAILEY: Mr Chairman, I move amendment 145-8. Currently, the chairperson decides when a Planning Authority meeting will be closed to the public. We believe that decision should be made by the Planning Authority as a whole. In other words, the matter should be voted on rather than the chairperson making the decision. Mr HATTON: It is appropriate for the member presiding at the meeting to make decisions in respect of the conduct of the meeting otherwise the whole process of the meeting would become quite cumbersome. Mr BAILEY: Mr Chairman, this is very important. An issue may be being discussed about which the majority of members of the authority believe the public have a right to know. As it stands, the chairperson can close the meeting to the public even if every other member of the authority disagrees with that decision. If the minister were genuine in his desire to make the planning process more open and more accountable, he would support this amendment. If the chairperson does not have the support of the majority of the authority to close the meeting to the public, it is inappropriate that he should be able to act against the wishes of the majority. Mr HATTON: The honourable member offers nothing more than another example of his fetish for conspiracies. He suggests that this or that may perhaps happen. He would interfere with the efficient operations of the authority for an event of which he has never been able to cite an example. Mr BAILEY: Mr Chairman, it is interesting how the minister is able to twist things around. We do not have third party appeals because he argues that they would perhaps be totally abused. Mr Hatton: I did not say that at all. Don't put words in my mouth. Mr BAILEY: It would be too difficult for him to implement. He is now saying that our proposal would make the process so cumbersome that the chairperson of the Planning Authority would be unable to deal with issues. Mr Hatton: I did not say any of this. 10 677


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