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Further ACT self determination passed by Parliament

By johnboy - 21 March 2013 8

Greens Senator Christine Milne has announced the passage of legislation to let the ACT Legislative Assembly determine its own size:

The bill, which passed the House of Representatives last month and passed the Senate today, was secured as part of ongoing negotiations with the Greens.

“I’m thrilled that we have secured the right of ACT residents to decide their own future” Australian Greens leader Senator Christine Milne said.

“The Greens support the ACT’s right to decide the size of its assembly and we’re pleased to have put the needs of the ACT on the Government’s agenda.

“The Greens will continue to stand up for the people of the ACT and support their request to have a Legislative Assembly that can meet the demands of the Territory.”

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8 Responses to
Further ACT self determination passed by Parliament
Pork Hunt 7:19 pm 22 Mar 13

cranky said :

I’m terrified that our local bunch of incompetants will be able to decide the number of members in the assembly without reference to the voters.

We have enough of these snoughts in the trough already. Arranging for more of these clowns to drain our treasury is theft.

Snoughts must be a cross between snouts and noughts. Excellent new word in any case…

cranky 6:28 pm 22 Mar 13

I’m terrified that our local bunch of incompetants will be able to decide the number of members in the assembly without reference to the voters.

We have enough of these snoughts in the trough already. Arranging for more of these clowns to drain our treasury is theft.

Roundhead89 4:43 pm 22 Mar 13

I heard someone on the news saying that we should have 35 MLAs. That seems to be a blatant attempt to stack the Assembly with Greens. Perhaps that’s why The Greens were so keen on pushing this thru.

davo101 2:36 pm 22 Mar 13

steveu said :

What would be better is to revert some of their functions back to federal government.

Never going to happen. The whole point of self-government was to let the Feds wash their hands when it came to paying for Canberra.

FXST01 2:08 pm 22 Mar 13

steveu said :

Maybe they will cope with doing their jobs better that way.

Not better, just doing their jobs would be a start.

steveu 7:53 am 22 Mar 13

caf said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Any chance we can pass our own legislation even if the Feds don’t like it?

It’s already been changed so that a Federal veto now must be passed through both houses of parliament. A higher bar can’t be put in place without constitutional change (the Commonwealth has unfettered ability to legislate with respect to the Territories).

Spot on.

All I am seeing here is they are applauding is that they can now hire more of their friends and put them in positions of power.

The last thing we need is a bigger local council. What would be better is to revert some of their functions back to federal government, and keep the number of ACT Legislative members the same.

Maybe they will cope with doing their jobs better that way.

caf 11:51 pm 21 Mar 13

Holden Caulfield said :

Any chance we can pass our own legislation even if the Feds don’t like it?

It’s already been changed so that a Federal veto now must be passed through both houses of parliament. A higher bar can’t be put in place without constitutional change (the Commonwealth has unfettered ability to legislate with respect to the Territories).

Holden Caulfield 4:35 pm 21 Mar 13

Any chance we can pass our own legislation even if the Feds don’t like it?

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