Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1985)
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DEBATES - ~ednesday 27 February 1985 Ayes 6 Mr Bell Mr B. Collins Mr Ede Mr Lanhupuy Mr Leo Mr Smith Motion negatived. HOTION Noes 19 Mr D.W. Collins Mr Coulter Mr Dale Mr Dondas Mr Finch Mr Firmin Mr Hanrahan Mr Harris Mr Hatton Mr Manzie Mr McCarthy Mrs Padgham-Purich Mr Palmer Mr Perron Mr Robertson Mr Setter Mr Steele Mr Tuxworth Mr Vale Report of the Northern Territory Ombudsman 1983-84 Mr COULTER (Community Development): Mr Speaker, I move that the Sixth Annual Report of the Northern Territory Ombudsman for the year ended 30 June 1984, tabled in the Assembly on the 26 February 1985, be printed. Motion agreed to. PETROLEUM (SUBMERGED LANDS) AMENDMENT BILL (Serial 95) Bill presented and read a first time. Mr PERRON (Mines and Energy): Mr Speaker, I move that the bill be now read a second time. This bill proposes a number of amendments to the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act. That act is part of a package of uniform legislation developed and implemented jointly by the Commonwealth, the states and the Territory to control and regulate offshore exploration and production of petroleum. In essence, Commonwealth legislation covers blue water explorationmd complementary state or territory legislation covers activity up to the 3-nautical-mile limit. The agreement under the offshore constitutional settlement is that the states and the'territories shall act to keep their legislation as uniform as is practicable with that of the Commonwealth. Mr Speaker, the Commonwealth and the various state and territory authorities responsible for administering offshore petroleum legislation found it necessary to amend their acts. As a result, the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Amendment Act 1984 became law in October 1984. The Commonwealth has now requested the Territory and the states to enact amending legislation in line with that act. The bill now before the Assembly is the positive response of the Territory to the request of the Commonwealth. Apart from some minor 45
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