Parliamentary Preview Week Two

18 March 2019

The Opposition will continue its focus on holding the government to account and debating important legislation such as the Petroleum Act in parliament this week.

Opposition Leader Gary Higgins said the Petroleum Act was one of the most critical pieces of legislation which could mean a much needed economic boost for the Territory.

The purpose of the Bill is to give effect to a number of recommendations from the Scientific Inquiry into Hydraulic Fracturing in the Territory.

"There are 31 recommendations which came out of the Pepper Inquiry which need to be in place before exploration can begin and we want to see them implemented in full so companies can get back in the field this Dry season," Mr Higgins said.

"We’ve had a two and a half year delay in this critical industry. It’s time to let business get on with business, and stop putting hurdles in the way of jobs and investment."

The Opposition has also put in a dissenting report on any changes to the Public Information Act which effectively legislates lies.

"Given the gravity of the crises, we’ll be continuing to hold this government to account for the Territory’s economic and crime crises we’re currently in," Mr Higgins said.

"This government has promised to restore trust and integrity to government, be open transparent and accountable, consult with and listen to Territorians, and be a unified team, and they have failed miserably on all accounts."