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Greens support inquiry into enhanced territory powers - Brown

Media Release
Bob Brown 2 Mar 2011

The Australian Greens are pleased that the inquiry into territory powers, blocked three years ago, will proceed and hope that the bill to enhance democracy for the territories will be law within months, Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said today.

"Support for the bill is an outcome of the new politics in Australia where people have voted for greater diversity. There is a growing acceptance that representation in the territories should be improved," Senator Brown said in Canberra today.

"The Coalition will move to put the bill to a Senate committee and we support that and expect the bill to return to the Senate in a week or two. We are happy to work with all sides of politics on this."

"The bill, the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance and Amendment Power of the Commonwealth) Bill 2010, if passed, will limit the Commonwealth override of territory legislation to an act of parliament, rather than a decision of a minister."

 "This Bill does not repeal the Euthanasia Laws Act which prohibits territories from legislating on euthanasia," Senator Brown said.

"The power for the Commonwealth parliament to make laws for the Territories, found in section 122 of the Constitution, is endorsed by the Greens' bill."

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