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Bill to overhaul Norfolk Island governance

Bill to overhaul Norfolk Island governance

A new Bill introduced into Parliament today will enable the community to better scrutinise the actions of the Norfolk Island government and administration._x000D_

A new Bill introduced into Parliament today will enable the community to better scrutinise the actions of the Norfolk Island government and administration.

The Minister for Home Affairs, Brendan O’Connor, today announced the introduction of the Territories Law Reform Bill into Parliament.

The Bill will reform the governance of Norfolk Island, including enhancing the accountability and transparency of the Norfolk Island Government and Administration.

It will help the Island establish a new financial framework and improve the operation of the Norfolk Island Government, as well as provide for reform of the voting system for the Legislative Assembly.

“The Territories Law Reform Bill implements significant reforms to Norfolk Island’s governance arrangements,” O’Connor said.

O’Connor, who visited Norfolk Island in December last year, said many in the Norfolk Island community told him about the need for reform to their system of self government.

“The Bill I introduced today will improve the Norfolk Island Government’s accountability, giving residents of the Island greater confidence in the Island’s long term future,” he said.

“The Bill will enable the community to better scrutinise the actions of the Norfolk Island Government and Administration.

The Bill also amends the Christmas Island Act and the Cocos (Keeling) Island Act to improve efficiency under the service delivery arrangements the Australian Government has with the Western Australian Government.


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