Parliamentary Preview: First Meeting of Legislative Assembly

NT Government

The 14th Northern Territory Parliament will sit for the first time tomorrow.

The Territory Labor Government will formally set their job creating agenda for the next four years after keeping Territorians safe throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic.

The proceedings will begin with a smoking ceremony in the Parliamentary Forecourt, followed by formalities from 9.30am in the Chamber.

Mr Richard Fejo Senior will perform a Welcome to Country, before a blessing by Father Brian Steele and the National Anthem to be performed by Territory teen Phoebe Wear.

The Administrator, the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran will then preside over Parliament to open the session and table the return of the Writ.

Her Honour will then swear in Members of the 14th Legislative Assembly before the election of Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House.

Two pieces of legislation will be introduced for the first Assembly meeting:

  • Statute Law Revision Bill 2018; and
  • Justice and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020.

The Statute Law Revision Bill 2018 and the Justice and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 are both technical pieces of legislation which are important to the mechanics of government.

As noted by the leader of Government Business, Natasha Fyles:

“We’re the safest place in Australia, we’ve started our comeback before the rest of Australia, and now we’re ready to turn the Territory into Australia’s comeback capital.

“With Parliament re-commencing this week we will outline our job-creating agenda going forward. We’ve worked to protect Territorians during the coronavirus crisis, and we will keep working together to protect jobs and create jobs.”

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