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Bob Brown to propose bill for ACT legislative independence

By Kerces 14 September 2006 23

The ACT Greens have applauded their federal party leader’s moves to ensure the ACT Legislative Assembly has true legislative independence.

Bob Brown is set to move a Bill today which would take the power to disallow laws passed by the Assembly away from the Federal Government executive.

Greens MLA Deb Foskey has called on Senators Humphries and Lundy to show their commitment to democracy in the ACT through supporting this Bill.

“The Federal Government is clearly interested in power rather than democracy. That is why I expect it will not support Senator Brown’s Bill. People who value democracy should keep their eye on the ACT’s Senator Humphries,” she said.

It will certainly be interesting to see the arguments put against this Bill.

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snahon 11:07 am 15 Sep 06

Abolish the ACT and amalgamate it with NSW.. Solves all of ACT’s representation issues 🙂

Just means you get to cop what Lemon wants instead of Hopeless.

DrShrink 9:39 pm 14 Sep 06

The constitution gives the federal government control of the “seat of government”, but how thats defined is up for questioning. Parliament could declare the feds control the Parliamentary Traingle (as they do already through the NCA), and give the ACT as a territory the power to control all laws relevant to the community. So with the right legislation the controversial local laws which Brown is attempting to protect (Heroin trial, Euthanasia, anti-terrorism, civil unions etc) could be held out of Federal control.

Of course like the bill of rights, the same parliament could overturn the bill to allow a future PM to prevent such legislation, but it would at least force the PM to go before the parliament and argue why the change was necessary, and why the ACT couldnt have the power over this aspect of law.

That would be a significant step forward for the ACT.

We can never become a state, but there are ways to overcome the ACT’s federal distinction as the least represented area in the country.

boomacat 8:05 pm 14 Sep 06

Agreed Cityboy, especially when you consider how much of our income tax and gst revenue go interstate to support places like tasmania.

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