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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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- 4 3. The Legislative Council for the Northern Territory, although responsible for the making of laws for the peace, order and good government, has no voice in the allocation or expenditure of government moneys in the Territory. As witness: The Honorable the Minister for Territories on March 19th, 1959, in speaking of reform to give the Legislative Council certain financial powers, said "it would be wrong for anyone to assume that they have be en rejected or accepted ... the question of financial control is as yet unresolved but the possibility has to be taken into account". And when on 21st September 1960, the Legislative Council requested the ~tinister for information as to the progress of the reform he replied on 16th November that "consideration was proceeding actively" and that "a decision will be made as soon as possible". The question was again raised by a Delegation from the Council in a "comerence" with the Minister on 9th October 1961, and again the Minister declined to make a decision. Finally, in a Message read to the Legislative Council on 2nd April 1962, the Minister stated that Cabinet had decided "that it would not be appropriate at the present time" to make provision "that an annual grant be made to the Northern Territory by a single line item in the Commonwealth Budget, this grant being added to local revenue, and the detailed estimates of expenditure being passed by the Legi slc-:.ti ve Council". At the same time the Legislative Council was refused information on the draft Estimates for the Northern Territory for 1962/63, although such information had been disclosed to other bodies in the Northern Territory.