Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory Bill 2012

Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
Part of a package of three bills to implement the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory framework, the bill implements three measures relating to Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory by: providing for alcohol management plans to be approved by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, and for the minister and the relevant Northern Territory minister to undertake a review within three years on whether alcohol-related harm among aboriginal people has reduced; enabling the Commonwealth to amend Northern Territory legislation by regulation relating to community living areas and town camps to enable private ownership in town camps and flexible long term leasing arrangements for business in community living areas; and providing for a community store licensing scheme to operate for a 10-year period to provide food security for Aboriginal communities. Also requires the minister to facilitate an independent review of the operation of the Act after seven years. 

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House of Representatives
23 Nov 2011Introduced and read a first time
23 Nov 2011Second reading moved
27 Feb 2012Second reading debate
27 Feb 2012Second reading agreed to
27 Feb 2012Consideration in detail debate

Amendment details: 5 Opposition and 2 Government agreed to
27 Feb 2012Third reading agreed to
29 Feb 2012Introduced and read a first time
29 Feb 2012Second reading moved
21 Mar 2012Second reading debate
09 May 2012Second reading debate
28 Jun 2012Second reading debate
28 Jun 2012Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 5 Government and 7 Opposition agreed to
28 Jun 2012Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
28 Jun 2012Consideration of Senate message

Details: House agreed to Senate amendments

28 Jun 2012Text of bill as passed both Houses

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