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The remonstrance



The remonstrance


Northern Territory. Parliament. Legislative Council


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Presentation of grievances on behalf of the people of the Northern Territory to the Commonwealth of Australia stating that the political rights of the citizens of the Northern Territory are inferior to those of the rest of the nation. This document was created in late 1962.




Northern Territory -- Politics and government -- 1945-1965; Petition, Right Of -- Northern Territory

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Legislative Council for the Northern Territory

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[11] pages ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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- 3 2~ The Commonwealth Government has failed to develop the Northern Territory to the rea sonable limits of the capacity of the Commonwealth and the Territory itself. As witness ~ The Commonwealth has dishonoured its solemn pledge to complete the railway between Alice Springs and Darwin. There exists in the Territory no development plan such as might be compared with the Ord River Scheme or the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority. No stimulus has been applied to the industrial and other development of the Territory, even in the latest Budget. Laboratory facilities for the a ssay of mineral ores, although a vital necessity for the expansion of the important mineral industry of the Territory, and included on the Estimates for the years 1960/61 and 1961/62, h ave this financial year not been included on the Estimates. The allocation in this year's Estimates for capital works for the Animal Industry Branch which provides essential services for the improvement and growth of t~e Territory's main industry, i.e., the pastoral industry, does still not include provision for a Research Laboratory, recommended and required by that Department for over ten years. Despite the absence of essential provlslon for the growth of these two Departments, it is noted that 60,000 is to be made available for the comparatively unessential item of a new Central Stores building. The Territory, which comprises one sixth of the area of the Australian mainland, languishes in a state of economic torpor.

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