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Annual report 2003 - 2004



Annual report 2003 - 2004

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Department of the Chief Minister


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Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).






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62 DEPARTMENT OF THE CHIEF MINISTER O U TP U T G R O U P S OUTLOOK Significant new legislation expected to be drafted in 2004-2005 includes: Biological Resources Bill, to establish a permit system for the collection of biological, genetic and biochemical resources in plants, animals and micro-organisms and to make provision for benefit sharing agreements between permit holders and the Territory. Children and Protection Bill, to replace the Community Welfare Act to ensure children are protected from abuse and neglect and to ensure the quality of care and development services for children (including childcare). Health Information Privacy and Records Bill, to enact health privacy principles based on draft National Health Privacy Principles and to apply to personal health information collected and held in the public and private sectors. Land Resources Conservation Bill, to replace the Soil Conservation and Land Utilisation Act and give the Commissioner for Land Conservation expanded powers. Legal Practitioners Bill, to implement of the national model legal profession legislation. Long Service Leave (Building and Construction Industry) Bill, to establish portable long service leave arrangements for the Territory building and construction industry. Magistrates Court Bill, to replace the Magistrates Act, the Justices Act and the Local Court Act and establish a Magistrates Court with both criminal and civil jurisdiction. Ombudsman Bill, to implement the recommendations arising out of the review of the Ombudsman (Northern Territory) Act. Plant Health Bill, to replace the Plant Diseases Control Act to improve management of pests and diseases in plant-based industries and the environment and to facilitate trading in plants and their products. Public and Environmental Health Bill, to replace existing public health legislation to support the full range of contemporary public health activities, including more effective provision for abatement of traditional public health nuisances and hazards. Public Disclosure Protection Bill, whistleblower legislation to protect public servants who provide information about the commission within the public sector of a crime, fraud or other act contrary to the public interest. Stock Bill, to consolidate various Acts dealing with stock.