Territories Law Reform Bill 2010

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In response to recommendations of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories report Quis custodiet ipsos Custodes?: Inquiry into Governance on Norfolk Island, the bill amends: the Norfolk Island Act 1979 in relation to: the voting system for the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly; when elections are held; the process for selecting a Chief Minister and Ministers; advice provided to the Administrator when assenting to bills; the role of the Governor-General and Minister responsible for Territories in processing legislation; and the implementation of a contemporary financial management framework; six Acts in relation to the review of administrative actions; 11 Acts to make consequential amendments; and the Christmas Island Act 1958 and Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act 1955 to provide a vesting mechanism for powers and functions under Western Australian laws in these territories.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 17 Mar 2010
Second reading moved 17 Mar 2010
Second reading debate 21 Jun 2010
Second reading agreed to 21 Jun 2010
Third reading agreed to 21 Jun 2010
Introduced and read a first time 22 Jun 2010
Second reading moved 22 Jun 2010
Lapsed at end of Parliament 28 Sep 2010

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Proposed amendments

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Text of bill

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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