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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 SO November 1993 Mrs Padgham-Purich: By law they are answerable to their constituents. Mr HATTON: If we followed exactly the same logic, why wouldn't we appoint 2 MLAs to be the Territory members? They are elected and responsible to their constituents also. However, that would be political interference. Nevertheless, it is not political interference when it is an elected member of local government. I do not understand the logic in that argument. There is a case for having people who do not happen to be under the political pressures of local government or of this parliament. Mr Bailey: We do not disagree with that. Mr HATTON: That is why the legislation puts pressure on the councils to seek people from the community and to consider them seriously as nominees. If they choose then to ignore that, they will face the inevitable political backlash resulting from their failure to consider valid candidates from the community. Our responsibility as a government will be to put the heat on them to be serious about looking for non-aldermanic nominees to the Planning Authority. I tabled a draft Planning Bill in this Assembly on 26 August and made a statement on future directions for land use planning in the Northern Territory. We conducted over 30 workshops throughout the Territory with local government, industry organisations, community interest groups and government agencies. We received over 50 written submissions. After consideration of those submissions and other matters, I made amendments to the draft and introduced the Planning Bill on 20 October. I made particular mention of the amendments to the draft bill in my second-reading speech. Since then, the consultation has continued. I conducted a well-advertised public meeting in Alice Springs on Wednesday 27 October and one in Darwin on Thursday 4 November. The media has given the Planning Bill considerable coverage and we received 27 further written submissions. Some of the amendments proposed to the bill are the result of further consideration of matters raised through the consultation process. The balance of the amendments are drafting refinements. The Planning Bill is a complex piece of legislation and the public process has been worthwhile in terms of getting it right. Obviously, we cannot satisfy everyone. However, I believe that we will have a new Planning Act that has wide support from the community, including industry and local government. It will provide a framework for land use planning that will provide opportunity for all interested parties to participate in the decision-making process throughout. The planning process will be driven by clearly established objectives. It will provide scope for choice of land use and innovative urban design. It will provide certainty for those making investment and lifestyle decisions. Let me outline 2 of the more significant amendments proposed. The first relates to the land use objectives that are the foundation of the new planning process. I propose to add to the mandatory 28-day public exhibition provision a requirement for the minister to first determine the process of public consultation appropriate for a particular proposed objective. Objectives may relate to the whole of the Territory or a particular locality and, as they may relate to a wide range of matters, the public consultation process will differ accordingly. This will be over and above the 28-day exhibition period and may include an extended exhibition period, workshops, advisory processes, displays, direct mail and media coverage. While this would have been a matter of course administratively. 10 651

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