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NT Government: Key reforms on Parliamentary agenda

27 Nov 2023 11:29 AM | Anonymous

NT Parliament convenes tomorrow for the final Sittings of 2023, with a host of legislative reforms on the agenda.

Proposed reforms in the Environment Protection Legislation Amendment Bill (Serial 105) represent the most significant milestone towards ensuring the Territory’s environmental regulatory framework is able to deliver ecologically sustainable development since the commencement of the Environment Protection Act 2019. The key aspect of the Bill separates environmental regulation of mining activities from resource and development functions.

Victim survivors of domestic and family violence will receive more protections under proposed reforms in the Justice Legislation Amendment (Domestic and Family Violence) Bill 2023. The Bill also provides stronger measures to hold offenders to account.

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2023 offers a range of safeguards for tenants experiencing domestic and family violence; and strengthens renters’ rights. This includes prohibiting rent bidding, and improving privacy protections for tenants.

Parliament will also debate reforms that better support victims of crime. The Victims of Crime Assistance Legislation Bill 2023 proposes a number of changes to streamline and expedite processes for victims to receive financial assistance.

Quotes attributable to Leader of Government Business Chansey Paech:

“Despite the end of the year drawing near, the Territory Labor Government is maintaining its momentum for change with a big Sittings agenda this week.

“We continue to strengthen legislation that supports the rights and interests of Territorians, and maximises the efficiency, effectiveness and integrity of Government operations.”

Media Contact: Jasmin Afianos - 0419 361 127

Source: Northern Territory Government

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