Norfolk Legislative Assembly
|Norfolk Legislative Assembly|
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|Old Military Barracks, Quality Row, Kingston, Norfolk Island, South Pacific|
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The Norfolk Legislative Assembly is the prime legislative body of Norfolk Island. Formed after the Norfolk Island Act 1979 was passed in the Australian parliament, its first members were elected on the tenth of August 1979. The current assembly is the 14th, and was elected on 13 March 2013.
The assembly has 9 members, elected for a three-year term. The assembly is elected by a popular vote for a term of not more than three years. Electors each have nine equal votes, which can be divided in any way between candidates, but no more than two votes may be given to any particular individual candidate. Some call this variation of cumulative voting the "weighted first past the post system".
All nine seats are held by independents, as Norfolk Island does not have major political parties. However, a local branch of the Australian Labor Party is active.
On 20 March 2013, the first meeting of the 14th Legislative Assembly elected Chief Minister, Speaker and Deputy Speaker:
- Lisle Snell – Chief Minister
- Robin Eleanor Adams – Minister for Cultural Heritage and Community Services
- Ronald John Ward – Minister for Environment
- Timothy John Sheridan – Minister for Finance
- Melissa Ward
- David Buffett AM – Speaker
- David Raymond Porter
- Ronald Coane Nobbs – Deputy Speaker
- Hadyn Paul Evans
In March 2015, the Australian government announced that the Assembly would be replaced with a regional council, as part of a plan to bring the governance of Norfolk Island into line with the rest of Australia. A five person Community Advisory Council would be set up to manage the transition, with Chief Minister Snell and Speaker Buffett being invited to be members.
In 2014, Snell travelled to Canberra to argue against a complete change to the arrangements governing the island. He did not oppose the island joining Australia's tax and welfare system, but maintained that it should retain similar powers to a state or territory government.
- 5 votes as a majority are required to pass legislation.
- List of Speakers of the Norfolk Legislative Assembly
- Politics of Norfolk Island
- Cabinet of Norfolk Island
- "Assembly". Norfolk.gov.nf. Retrieved 27 June 2010.
- "Members". Norfolk.gov.nf. 28 March 2007. Retrieved 27 June 2010.
- "Election 2010". Election.gov.nf. Retrieved 27 June 2010.
- "INAUGURAL SITTING OF THE FOURTEENTH LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY and ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEW NORFOLK ISLAND 14th ASSEMBLY MINISTERS publisher=norfolkonlinenews.com". 20 March 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
- Medhora, Shalailah (19 March 2015). "http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/mar/19/norfolk-island-self-government-to-be-revoked-and-replaced-by-local-council". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
- Glenday, James (2015-03-19). "Norfolk Island residents to pay income tax, parliament will be replaced by local council under Cabinet plan". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2015-03-19.
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