Debates Day 3 - Thursday 1 May 2003
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DEBATES - Thursday 1 May 2003 Madam Speaker, I commend the bill to honourable members. Debate adjourned. DANGEROUS GOODS (ROAD AND RAIL TRANSPORT) BILL (Serial 122) DANGEROUS GOODS ACT 1998 AMENDMENT BILL (Serial 123) Continued from 20 February 2003. Madam SPEAKER: Before the member for Blain starts, I advise children and other people in the gallery that we have finished the second reading speeches following introduction of the bills. We are now going into legislation and will have a series of second reading debates before we pass the legislation on which the member for Blain will speak. Mr MILLS (Blain): Madam Speaker, at the outset, I thank the minister for the briefing, giving us adequate preparation for this bill. The bill, as I understand it, serves two purposes: one to create an act, the Dangerous Goods (Road and Rail Transport) Act 2002, and the other to amend the Dangerous Goods Act 1998. The intent of this is to bring our legislation deeding with passage and transport of dangerous goods into line with other jurisdictions. At a time when the railway is being developed and there is an increase in transport between Western Australia, the Northern Territory and other states, it is particularly important that we do come into line with legislation nationally. We are satisfied that these bills achieve that and, as a result, we support the bills. Mr WOOD (Nelson): Madam Speaker, I did not have a briefing on these bills, but I was briefed on others. My contribution is really in the form o f a question. In the Litchfield Shire and the Palmerston area, there are large Defence areas. Explosives are moved by the Defence Forces - 1 presume up and down the highway or they move out through the City of Darwin and by ship if they are going to places like Timor. My question is: does this bill cover our Defence Forces, or is the movement of explosives and munitions by the Defence Forces covered under separate legislation? Mr STIRLING (Employment, Education and Training): Madam Speaker, I thank the opposition spokesman, the member for Blain, for the support of these bills. It actually goes back as far as 1991, when all ministers in the jurisdictions and the Commonwealth agreed to seek national consistency in this area. It has taken, certainly in the Northern Territory, a considerable time to achieve that consistency with all jurisdictions, but the passage of these bills today will achieve that and, importantly, they will be in place in the Northern Territory before the rail commences operations. In relation to the member for Nelsons question, if the carriage of dangerous goods is being conducted by the Defence Forces, they are subject to Commonwealth law but, of course, that law is consistent with the legislation we are passing today. If it is contracted out to private operators then, of course, they would be subject to these laws we are passing today. However, it matters nought, except in the case of a prosecution of an offence, because the laws are consistent, both in the Commonwealth, Northern Territory and, indeed, every other jurisdiction. So it is just a question of, if there were a case to be prosecuted, who prosecutes it. I thank members for their support. Motion agreed to; bill read a second time. Mr STIRLING (Employment, Education and Training) (by leave): Madam Speaker, I move that the bill be now read a third time. Motion agreed to; bill read a third time. VISITORS Madam SPEAKER: I am pleased to say we have some more students in our gallery. Is this Ross Park? Yes, it is. On behalf of all members I extend a warm welcome to Ross Park Primary School. For the students benefit, the Chief Minister gave a ministerial statement on Tuesday. We have finished our legislation for today, now members are responding to the statement. MOTION Note statement - Development and Vision for Central Australia and its People Continued from 30 April 2003. Mr WOOD (Nelson): Madam Speaker, I have lived a fair bit of my life in the north of the Territory, and some people may say I do not have much connection with the Centre. As the member for Nelson, the first thing I discovered from the Chief Ministers speech is that HG Nelson was our first federal member, and his son was the longest serving member as well as the mayor. Over on my right, I have a lady called Mrs Peg Nelson who I would like to acknowledge, the wife of Jock Nelson. I feel very privileged to be the member for Nelson and I 3944
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