House of Representatives Committees

Joint Standing Committee on National Capital and External Territories

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Inquiry into the Territories Law Reform Bill 2010

On 18 March 2010, the Senate referred the Territories Law Reform Bill 2010 to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories for inquiry and report by 11 May 2010.

The Territories Law Reform Bill 2010 amends the Norfolk Island Act 1979 to implement significant reforms aimed at improving governance structures and strengthening accountability mechanisms for Norfolk Island. In relation to Norfolk Island, the Bill proposes the following key governance, financial and administrative reforms including:

The Bill also amends the Christmas Island Act 1958 and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act 1955 to provide a vesting mechanism for powers and functions under Western Australian laws applied in the Indian Ocean Territories.

A copy of the Bill and its Explanatory Memorandum are available online.

The Committee invites interested persons and organisations to make submissions addressing the terms of reference by Wednesday 7 April 2010. Please refer to our brochure called preparing a submission for more information.

In order to facilitate electronic publishing of submissions, the Committee would prefer them to be emailed to or sent on disk or CD-ROM to the Committee Secretariat in Microsoft Word® or Portable Document Format (PDF).

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