Greens Leader Bob Brown said he is delighted that the Senate has passed the Greens' territory rights private senator's bill.
"This important democratic legislation prevents territory laws being overridden at the whim of just one federal minister," Senator Brown said in Canberra today.
"Territorians in the Northern Territory and ACT deserve better than that. I hope that the House of Representatives will soon deal with the legislation and that all MPs will back the bill and the territories' rights," Senator Brown said.
The Senate voted 35-29 to pass Senator Brown's bill, the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance and Amendment Power of the Commonwealth) Bill 2010.