Territory Stories

Annual report

Details:

Title

Annual report

Creator

Northern Territory. Legislative Assembly. Sessional Committee on Constitutional Development

Collection

Parliamentary reports; ParliamentNT

Date

1990

Notes

Period: 1 July 1991 to 30 June 1992; 1 July 1994 to 30 June 1995

Language

English

Subject

Northern Territory. Legislative Assembly. Sessional Committee on Constitutional Development -- Periodicals.; Constitutional law -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals.

Publisher name

Northern Territory Government

Place of publication

Darwin

Format

1 volume ; 25 cm.

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/licences/by/4.0/

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/257674

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/509391

Related items

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/509393

Page content

CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT As reported in the previous Annual Report, the Committee conducted an extensive program in pron1oting constitutional issues, particularly in Aboriginal communities throughout the Northern Territory. During that year a number of public hearings and meetings were conducted. This year the Committee did not conduct any public hearings or meetings however, it concentrated on the consolidation .of evidence presented at those public hearings and meetings and the public submissions received so far. The information and evidence received prompted the Committee to develop and prepare of a number of discussion and information papers relevant to current constitutional issues. The first of these papers, published in August 1991, was Discussion Paper No. 3 entitled "Citizens' Initiated Referendums". The response was quite good, raising a range of options on citizens' initiative. The Comn1ittee is now considering the content of those sub1nissions received. Towards the end of 1991 , the Conunittee explored the idea of promoting and conducting a major constitutional conference in Darwin, possibly in the latter half of 1992. Subsequently the Committee approved the idea and planning and promotion of the conference began in March 1992. Apart from organising the conference, work also began on the preparation of Discussion Paper No. 4 relating to the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal custon1ary la\v. This paper is to be tabled in the Assen1bly within the next financial year. During April 1992 the Committee met with the Constitutional Centenary Foundation in Melbourne. The Foundation's aim, formed by eminent Australians, is to promote public discussion and response on constitutional issues and to review the Australian constitutional system by the year 2001. The meeting with the Foundation proved very fruitful in providing an avenue for the Committee to promote NT constitutional issues that not only affect the Northern Territory constitutional development and recognition but also have implications concerning constitutional review at the national level. Particular issues such as the relationship between the Executive and the Parliament and the constitutional recognition of Australia's Aboriginal people, to name but two, are not solely a matter for Tcrritorians to dea l with. Whilst the development of a home-grown constitution for the Northern Territory rests primarily with Territorians, national consensus and support are as much an important and welcomed ingredient for the Northern Territory in gaining Statehood within the Australian Federation. STEVE HATTON Chairman 1


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