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Northern Territory Electoral Commission annual report 2006-2007



Northern Territory Electoral Commission annual report 2006-2007


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KEY RESULT AREAS NTEC ANNUAL REPORT 2006-07 PAGE 20 OF 48 3.8 STATEHOOD The public awareness campaign on statehood, driven by a Statehood Steering Committee, continued with a focus on issues such as a constitution for the Territory, representation at the Commonwealth level, indigenous land rights, mining and uranium resources, national parks and marine protected areas, financial and legal arrangements all politically sensitive issues. The NTEC usually runs enrolment and public awareness stalls at the Show Circuit with the AEC; however, this year the AEC undertook to conduct a mock statehood ballot at the request of the Statehood Committee. Given the sensitivities of the ballot and the need for the NTEC to maintain the perception of impartiality on this issue at a Territory level, the AEC ran the 2007 show circuit stalls and gave electoral input to the ballot being promoted at the adjacent Statehood stalls. In return the NTEC played a more active role in enrolment promotion at community stalls to maintain its contribution to the partnership. The Referendums Act was enacted for the 1998 Statehood Referendum but has not since been revised. In the latter part of the reporting year, the NTEC brought the governments attention to the desirability of changing a number of electoral provisions in the Referendums Act to mirror changes to the Electoral Act updated in 2004.