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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 November 1999



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 November 1999

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Parliamentary Record 20


Debates for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001




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DEBATES - Tuesday 23 November 1999 draft for a proposed Planning Act and an accompanying information paper which explained the contents o f the discussion draft in simple terms. The purpose o f these documents was to give the community an opportunity to provide feedback on the contents o f the draft legislation in an informal manner. In response I received some 50 submissions from members o f the community and community organisations. The issues raised in the petitions were also raised in the submissions I received and were therefore considered by government prior to final drafting o f the Planning Bill 1999. On 21 October 1999, I introduced the Planning (Consequential Amendments) Bill into the Assembly. In my second reading speech, I again invited the community to provide feedback on the contents o f the bill. The petitions raise four issues and I will address these in tum. The first is to 'remove overriding ministerial power to approve development applications. It is not clear what is being referred to here. The discussion draft proposed the introduction o f call-in powers with which the minister was able to remove areas o f land containing strategic sites and/or developments o f high economic potential like the East Arm Port project from the jurisdiction o f the Development Consent Authority. These provisions were presented to the community by local government as being greater ministerial pow ers, so I assume that these are the powers being referred to in the petitions. Upon considering the response to the discussion draft from the community, government removed these provisions from the Planning Bill 1999. The second issue raised was third party appeals. Government considered several models for third party appeals used interstate and determined that the status quo o f no third party appeals would remain in the Northern Territory. I elaborated on this issue in my second reading speech to the Assembly on 21 October 1999. The petitions also requested that the minutes o f Development Consent Authority meetings be made public. Section 103(2) o f the Planning Bill 1999 provides that The Development Consent Authority is to keep available fo r public inspection during normal office hours the minutes o f meetings o f the Development Consent Authority and o f its committees. However, the voting patterns o f members o f the Development Consent Authority are not to be made public. Whilst it is not clear, the last issue appears to refer to local government representatives on the Development Consent Authority. The Planning Bill provides for two positions for members o f a local authority with an alternate member system if one o f those members is unable to undertake his/her duties. As stated earlier, I am continuing with community consultation regarding changes to the Planning Act and will consider the communitys response to the Planning Bill 1999 in the next month. DISTINGUISHED VISITOR M r SPEAKER: Honourable members, I draw your attention to the presence in the Gallery of Mr Bern Kilgariff, AM. On behalf of honourable members I extend a warm welcome to our distinguished visitor. MINISTERIAL STATEMENT AustralAsia Railway M r BURKE (Chief Minister): Mr Speaker, I take great pleasure in reporting to this parliament on the recent historic developments in our quest to complete the AustralAsia Railway. On 28 October 1999, following on from a meeting with the Premier of South Australia and myself, the Prime Minister announced the agreed additional financial contribution from the governments that would permit the railway project to proceed. A total of $480m in government financial contributions will be made to the project. The total financing task is $ 1230m, leaving $750m to be provided by the private sector. That is, just under 40% will be government funded, with the private sector to provide the balance of just over 60%. The federal government will match the Territorys contribution of $165m, and the South Australian government will provide $ 150m. One announcement, 140 years in the making. A project built on the hope, ambition and passion of thousands of people. And now, Territorians who have long hoped for the railway can take heart that construction will commence next year, with the first train running into Darwin in 2003. We have a project that is bankable, that is achievable, that is going to happen. 4738

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