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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2002   
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The Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory are self-governing polities with powers almost matching those of the original States. The Northern Territory has been working towards full Statehood, though a referendum on the question was rejected by Northern Territory voters in 1998. Norfolk Island controls its own treasury and raises revenue under its own system of laws. Generally, Commonwealth laws do not apply to Norfolk Island unless expressed to do so, but where any Norfolk Island legislation is in conflict with ordinances made by the Governor-General, such legislation is deemed null and void. Norfolk Islanders may enrol for Commonwealth elections in the electoral division they nominate, with some exceptions.

The Northern Territory and Norfolk Island both have an Administrator of the Territory, appointed by the Governor-General (table 2.12).

2.12 ADMINISTRATORS, Territories - October 2001


Northern Territory
His Honour John Christopher Anictomatis, OAM
Norfolk Island
His Honour Anthony J. Messner

Source: Department of the Parliamentary Library.

The Australian Capital Territory has neither Administrator nor Governor. Each Territory has an elected Legislative Assembly, with a wide range of powers. Each Territory has a government headed by a Chief Minister (table 2.13). The Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory have an Opposition headed by an Opposition Leader (table 2.14).

2.13 CHIEF MINISTERS, Territories - October 2001

Chief Minister

Northern Territory
The Hon. C. M. Martin, MLA (ALP)
Australian Capital Territory
The Hon. J. Stanhope, MLA (ALP)
Norfolk Island
R. Nobbs

Source: Department of the Parliamentary Library.

2.14 OPPOSITION LEADERS, Territories - October 2001

Opposition Leader

Northern Territory
The Hon. D. G. Burke, MLA (CLP)
Australian Capital Territory
The Hon. G. Humphries, MLA (LP)

Source: Department of the Parliamentary Library.

Non Self-governing

Jervis Bay Territory, and the external territories of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island, Coral Sea Islands and Ashmore and Cartier Islands make up the non self­governing Territories of Australia.

The resident communities in each of Jervis Bay Territory, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island are provided with an extensive range of government services. Each of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island has an elected local government, and residents may vote in Commonwealth Parliamentary elections in the electoral division of Lingiari. Residents of Jervis Bay are enrolled in the electoral division of Fraser, ACT.

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