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NT Parliament set to debate Children's Commissioner powers

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The Northern Territory parliament resumes this week with legislation on the powers of the Territory's Children's Commissioner to be among bills debated. 

On Monday, the NT's Leader of Government Business and Attorney General, Chansey Paech, noted that a number of changes to strengthen the Office of the Children’s Commissioner will be debated, as reforms in line with recommendations from the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory go before parliament.

The government said the Children’s Commissioner Amendment Bill 2024 expands the functions of the Commissioner; enhances reporting requirements for investigations and inquiries; and strengthens the investigation and inquiry processes to better protect informants, complainants, and those who provide information to the Commissioner. It also provides for the NT Children’s Commissioner to be an Aboriginal person, if practical.

Mr Paech, an Eastern Arrernte man, said t
he Legislative Assembly has "a busy two weeks of Sittings ahead, with a range of legislation on the agenda".

“Our government is always looking to modernise and streamline our legislation and during this Sittings we will be continuing this work," he said on Monday.

Also up for debate is the Housing Legislation Amendment Bill 2024 to support the transfer of management of government-owned public housing to Community Housing Providers to, in the NT government's words, "promote the growth of a diverse, multi-provider social housing system".

Livestock and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2024, Fire and Emergency Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2024, and Racing and Wagering Bill 2024 will also be debated.



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