Historical Information

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Preface

The below information was taken and modified from www.norfolkislandparliament.com and www.norfolkislandgovernment.com. These two websites were created and maintained by the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly to provide information about the Legislative Assembly, it’s processes and Members. As a result of amendments to the Norfolk Island Act 1979 (Cth) in June 2015 which abolished the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly, these two websites are no longer operational. The information is presented here as a historical record.

Background

In 1856 the descendants of the Bounty Mutineers and their Tahitian partners moved from Pitcairn Island to Norfolk Island and thereby commenced the Fourth Settlement. Today Norfolk Island is an External Territory under the authority of the Commonwealth of Australia. From 1979 until June 2015 the Norfolk Island Act 1979 (Cth), provided for a 9-member Legislative Assembly with power to legislate for the peace, order and good government of the Island. Commonwealth laws applied to the Island only if they were expressed to do so. The Legislative Assembly Chamber and Offices were housed in the Old Military Barracks at Kingston.

On 26 May 2015 the Governor-General of Australia assented to the Norfolk Island Legislative Amendment Act 2015 (Cth) and a package of legislation, which amongst other things, abolished the Legislative Assembly of Norfolk Island. The last formal sitting of the Legislative Assembly was 17 June 2015.

The Norfolk Island Flag

NI Flag

The Norfolk Island flag was adopted by statute, the Norfolk Island Flag and Public Seal Act 1979 (NI). The Act provides that the flag shall be divided vertically into three panels. The two outside panels of green with a slightly larger middle panel of white and green with the Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) centred in this panel.

Coat of Arms and Public Seal

NI COA

The Armorial Ensigns for Norfolk Island were granted and assigned by Royal Warrant by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 20 October 1980. The Public Seal which includes the Norfolk Island Coat of Arms was approved on 6 July 1981. The Norfolk Island Motto "Inasmuch" is displayed on the Coat of Arms. The motto is taken from the words of the Pitcairn Anthem, which in turn were taken from the Gospel of St. Matthew (25.34) - "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me".

The Prayer of the Legislative Assembly

"Almighty God we humbly beseech Thee to vouchsafe Thy blessing upon this House, direct and prosper our deliberations to the advancement of Thy glory and the true welfare of the people of Norfolk Island, Amen."

This Prayer was said at the commencement of each formal sitting of the Legislative Assembly.

Office of the Speaker

The Speaker was elected at the first sitting of the House after Members had taken their oaths (affirmations) of office and of allegiance. The election of the Speaker was conducted by the Clerk to the Legislative Assembly. Prior to June 2006 it was not uncommon for the Speaker to also hold executive office.

The Norfolk Island Government

The Norfolk Island Act 1979 (Cth) established that there was to be a Chief Minister and at least one, and not more than three, other Ministers. At the first meeting of the Legislative Assembly after a general election, the members present had to, after electing a Speaker and Deputy Speaker and before any other business, nominate one of their number to be the Chief Minister. Since 2010, the Chief Minister allocated Ministerial Portfolios, areas of administrative responsibility, to himself and his Ministers.

Executive Council

The Norfolk Island Act 1979 (Cth) provided for an Executive Council of Norfolk Island to advise the Administrator on all matters relating to the government of the Territory. The Executive Council consisted of the Chief Minister, Norfolk Island Ministers and the Administrator (Chair). The Administrator is appointed by the Governor-General of Australia. Any Member of the Legislative Assembly could attend a meeting of Executive Council, as an observer, if they had taken the oath or affirmation of the Executive Council.

Former Legislative Assemblies

The inaugural meeting of the First Legislative Assembly of Norfolk Island was held on the 10th of August 1979. Members of that Assembly were:

William Arthur Blucher
David Ernest Buffett
Edward Davenport Howard
Gilbert Wallace Jackson
Bruce Colin Mackenzie
James Duncan McIntyre
Bryan Kingsley Nunn (resigned 4 April 1981)
John Healey Ryves MBE (resigned 4 April 1981)
Kevin John Williams

Sworn in on 1 July 1981 as a result of a by-election to fill two casual vacancies:

Miss Alice Inez Buffett
Mr. Lisle Dennis Snell

The Second Legislative Assembly was sworn in on 10 February 1982 Members of the Assembly were:

John Terence Brown
Alice Inez Buffett
Bernard Edwin Christian-Bailey
David Ernest Buffett
Ms Chloe Barbara Gray
Edward Davenport Howard
Gilbert Wallace Jackson
Gregory Francis Quintal
William Winton Sanders

The Third Legislative Assembly was sworn in on 25 May 1983. Members of the Assembly were:

Brian George Bates
John Terence Brown
Albert Fletcher Buffett
Alice Inez Buffett
David Ernest Buffett
Gilbert Wallace Jackson (resigned 5 June 1984)
Phillip Arthur Page
Mrs. Eleanor Brenda Reed
William Winton Sanders

Sworn in as a Member as a result of by-election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Gilbert Jackson:

Edward Davenport Howard

The Fourth Legislative Assembly was sworn in in May 1986. Members of the Assembly were:

Gerardus Hendrikus Aafjes
Geoffrey James Bennett
John Terence Brown
David Ernest Buffett
Mrs. Rosemary Gaye Evans
Edward Davenport Howard
David John Rodgers
Mrs. Helen Victoria Sampson
William Winton Sanders

The Fifth Legislative Assembly was sworn in on 17 May 1989. Members of the Assembly were:

William Arthur Blucher
John Terence Brown
Miss Alice Inez Buffett
David Ernest Buffett
Ernest Christian
Neville Charles Christian
Rosemary Gaye Evans (resigned 12 July 1991)
Cedric Ion-Robinson
George Charles Smith

William Winton Sanders Sworn in 20 September 1991 as a result of a by-election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Mrs. Evans

The Sixth Legislative Assembly was sworn in on 20 May 1992. Members of the Assembly were:

Brian George Bates
Geoffrey James Bennett (Minister for Finance)
John Terence Brown
David Ernest Buffett
Ernest Christian
Michael William King
Cedric Ion-Robinson
William Winton Sanders
Lester Reid Semple

The Seventh Legislative Assembly was sworn in on 4 May 1994. Members of the Assembly were:

Robert Eric Adams
Monica Jean Anderson
Brian George Bates
Geoffrey James Bennett (resigned as member of Assembly 4 July 1995)
David Ernest Buffett
Neville Charles Christian
Nadia Lozzi-Cuthbertson
Michael William King
Helen Victoria Sampson

George Charles Smith Sworn in 23 August 1995 as a result of a by-election to fill the casual vacancy created by the resignation of Geoff Bennett.

David Robert Gerard Evans, sworn in 24 July 1996 as a result of a by-election to fill a casual vacancy created by the resignation of Helen Sampson.

The Eighth Legislative Assembly was sworn in 5 May 1997. Members of the Assembly were:

Robert Eric Adams (resigned as member on 25 February 1999)
Brian George Bates
John Terence Brown
David Ernest Buffett AM
Geoffrey Robert Gardner
Ronald Coane Nobbs (Supreme Court declared Ron Nobbs not duly elected as a Member on 9 September 1999)
James Gary Robertson
Cedric-Ion Robinson
George Charles Smith

Consequent on a by-election to fill the casual vacancy created by the resignation of Robert Adams, Allan John McCoy sworn in on 16 April 1999.

Consequent on a by-election held as a result of the Supreme Court ruling on eligibility of Ronald Coane Nobbs to be a member, Mr Nobbs re-elected and sworn in 14 October 1999.

The Ninth Legislative Assembly was sworn in on 28 February 2000. Members of the Assembly were:

Brian George Bates
John Terence Brown
David Ernest Buffett AM
Geoffrey Robert Gardner
Allan John McCoy
Ronald Coane Nobbs
George Charles Smith
Bruce Stanley Walker
Adrian George Hingston Cook, QC

Consequent on a by election to fill the casual vacancy created by the resignation of Adrian Cook, Robert Eric Adams sworn in 13 September 2001

The Tenth Legislative Assembly of Norfolk Island was sworn in on Wednesday 5 December 2001. Members of the Assembly were:

Geoffrey Robert Gardner
Hon. David Ernest Buffett AM
Ivens Buffett (Minister for Land & the Environment; died 19 July 2004)
George Smith (resigned 17 December 2003)
Graeme Donaldson
Stephanie Victoria Jack
Chloe Barbara Nicholas
John Terence Brown
Ronald Coane Nobbs

The Eleventh Legislative Assembly of Norfolk Island was sworn in on Wednesday 27 October 2004. Members of the Assembly were:

Geoffrey Robert Gardner
Timothy John Brown
David Ernest Buffett AM
Neville C. Christian
John Terence Brown
Stephanie V. Jack
Lorraine C. Boudan
Ronald C. Nobbs
Timothy J. Sheridan

The Twelfth Legislative Assembly of Norfolk Island was sworn in on Wednesday 21 March 2007. Members of the Assembly were:

Lisle Denis Snell
Timothy J. Sheridan
Andre' N. Nobbs
Neville C. Christian
Geoffery R. Gardner
Hon. Stephanie V. A. Jack
Christopher A. C. Magri
Ian R. M. Anderson
Brendon A. Christian

The Thirteenth Legislative Assembly of Norfolk Island was sworn in on Wednesday 24 March 2010. Members of the Assembly were:

Ms Robin E. Adams (Speaker) - resigned as Speaker on Dec 2012 and became a Member
Lisle D. Snell (Deputy Speaker) - became Speaker in Dec 2012
David E. Buffett (Chief Minister)
Craig M. Anderson (Minister for Finance & The Attorney-General) - resigned as Minister 9 March 2011 and became a Member
Andre' N. Nobbs (Minister for Tourism, Industry & Development)
Timothy J. Sheridan (Minister for Community Services)
Melissa Ward
Michael W. King
Rhonda E. Griffiths

The Fourteenth Legislative Assembly of Norfolk Island was elected on 13 March 2013 and sworn in on 20 March 2013. Members took their oaths (or affirmations) before His Honour the Administrator at the first meeting of the Assembly held on 20 March 2013. Members of the Assembly were:

Hon. David E. Buffett MLA, Speaker
Mr Ron Nobbs MLA, Deputy Speaker
Hon. Lisle D. Snell MLA, Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism
Hon. Tim J. Sheridan MLA, Minister for Finance
Hon. Robin E. Adams (Ms) MLA, Minister for Cultural Heritage and Community Services
Hon. Ron Ward MLA, Minister for the Environment
Mr Hadyn Evans
Mr David Porter
Mrs Melissa Ward

Support Staff

Parliamentary Officers

The Parliamentary Officers of the Legislative Assembly of Norfolk Island were the Clerk and the Deputy Clerk who were appointed by resolution of the Legislative Assembly under section 48 of the Legislative Assembly Act 1979 (the Act). Whilst the term Deputy Clerk was not defined in the Act, by convention it is used to describe the person appointed to act as Clerk in the absence of the Clerk.

Government Secretariat

The Government Secretariat was staffed by the Chief of Staff and the Senior Policy Adviser.

The Assembly Secretariat

The Assembly Secretariat was staffed by one full time officer - the Secretary to the Legislative Assembly.

Sitting of the House

The formal sittings of the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly were usually held on the third Wednesday of each month. However, from time to time the House would sit at a different occasion if so determined by the House, including ceremonial sittings.

The Notice Paper

The Notice Paper (printed on yellow paper) was a document which outlined all of the business currently before the Legislative Assembly. The Notice Paper contained –

The Notice Paper closed at 4pm on the Thursday preceding a meeting of the Legislative Assembly. Matters for the Notice Paper were lodged at the Office of the Clerk. The Clerk would then prepare the draft Notice Paper for consideration by the Business Committee. The Clerk was available to assist with the preparation of Notices and Motions and to give advice on matters related thereto.

The order of business on the Notice Paper was settled by the Business Committee (Standing Order 80). The Business Committee comprised the Speaker and two other Members appointed by the Legislative Assembly (Standing Order 20). The Clerk would circulate the settled Notice Paper by email/hard copy on the Friday before the meeting of the Legislative Assembly and arranged publication in the local newspaper ‘The Norfolk Islander’.

Programme

The Programme (printed on blue paper) detailed the actual business that was to be transacted at a meeting of the Legislative Assembly. The order of business on the programme is prescribed in Standing Order 78. Should the Assembly had wished to change the order of business as prescribed in Standing Order 78, it was necessary to move a motion under Standing Order 244 to suspend so much of Standing Orders as was needed in order to accommodate the change. Matters for listing on the Programme were to be lodged with the Clerk by 10 am on the day before the sitting of the House. The Clerk prepared and circulated the Programme by email/hard copy the day before a meeting of the Legislative Assembly.

Minutes of Proceedings and Hansard

Minutes of Proceedings and Hansard were prepared after each sitting of the House and some of these documents are available in electronic format at www.norfolkisland.gov.nf.

Standing Orders

Section 45 of the Norfolk Island Act 1979 (Cth) did provide that the Legislative Assembly may make standing rules and orders, not inconsistent with a law of the Territory, with respect to the order and conduct of its business and proceedings.

Standing Order No. 1 provided that any questions relating to procedure or the conduct of business of the House not provided for in the standing orders were to be decided according to the practice in the House of Representatives in the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Standing Committees

There were six Standing Committees (Orders 17 through to 20B). Other standing committees may be appointed from time to time to consider and report on such subjects as may be decided by the House. All standing committees were appointed on motion and unless otherwise ordered, were to consist of a minimum of three members to be nominated. The procedure to be adopted in the proceedings of standing committees were the same as that of select committees unless the House otherwise ordered. Two of the Standing Committees are detailed below.

The Impact of Bills & Subordinate Legislation Committee

The role of the Impact of Bills and Subordinate Legislation Committee was to consider Bills and subordinate legislation referred to it by the House.

Public Accounts and Estimates Committee

The Public Accounts and Estimate Committee comprised the Speaker (ex officio) and three other Members. The role of the committee was to scrutinise and assess the financial administration of the Public Sector and to promote reform where necessary.

The Committee was to:
Examine:

  1. accounts of the receipts and expenditure of Norfolk Island
  2. financial affairs of authorities of Norfolk Island
  3. all reports of the Government Auditor which have been laid before the Assembly
  4. other relevant matters, as the Committee deems relevant

Report to the Assembly with such comments as it thought fit, any items or matters in those accounts, statements and reports, or any circumstances connected with them, to which the Committee was of the opinion that the attention of the Assembly should be directed.

Inquire into any question in connection with the public accounts which was referred to it by the Assembly and to report to the Assembly on that question.

Select Committees

Select Committees were appointed on motion and unless otherwise ordered, consisted of three Members to be nominated: provided that a Member may decline nomination and if more Members were nominated than were required the House would proceed to ballot. Members may be discharged from attending a committee, and other Members nominated and elected.

Parliamentary Education

Mrs. R. Gaye Evans, as part of her duties as Clerk to the Legislative Assembly, embarked on a programme to assist educating young Norfolk Islanders in the workings of the Norfolk Island Parliamentary system. Mrs. Evans worked with the Norfolk Island Youth Assembly in parliamentary procedures since its establishment in 1999. The Youth Assembly held it’s meetings in the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly Chamber. The Youth Assembly comprises children from Years 7 to 10 at the Norfolk Island Central School.

For more information on the Youth Assembly, please visit: "www.youthassembly.nlk.nf

The Commonwealth Parlimentary Association (The CPA)

Norfolk Island had been a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association since 1979 and was a member branch of the Australian Region until the abolishment of the Norfolk Island Legislative Assembly in 2015.

The CPA provides a bridge across the Commonwealth of Nations ~

CPA

The CPA has been a valued friend to Norfolk Island over the years since the Island again embarked on the road to internal self-government in 1979.

The Norfolk Island CPA Branch actively participated in CPA seminars, conferences and other activities, both regionally and globally. Over the years it played an active role in the celebration of Commonwealth Day with Norfolk Island youth representing our Island from time to time at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day. Our youth also participated on a number of occasions in Youth Parliaments hosted by the CPA and sponsoring branches.

The Hon David E. Buffett AM MLA, in 2013, was appointed to the Executive Committee of the CPA for a three year term. Mr Buffett also visited St. Helena to review its Constitution on behalf of the CPA as part of a two man team. Norfolk Island also had a representative on the Commonwealth Women's Parliamentarian of the CPA.

Norfolk Island was a full voting member of the CPA and exercised that right independently of other member branches in the Australian region.

Norfolk Island contributed many articles in The Parliamentarian over the years. Contributions in The Parliamentarian by Norfolk Island in recent years can be found by at http://norfolkisland.gov.nf/la/CommonwealthParliamentaryAssociation/

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Administrative Arrangements Order

David E. Buffett - Speaker
Ronald C. Nobbs - Deputy Speaker
Robin E. Adams
David E. Buffett
Haydn P. Evans
Ronald C. Nobbs
David R. Porter
Timothy J.Sheridan
Lisle D.Snell
Ronald J. Ward
Melissa Ward

Ministers and their Portfolios

Chief Minister and Minister For Tourism
Minister For Finance
Minister For Cultural Heritage and Community Services
Minister For the Environment
Acting Ministers
       
Lisle D. Snell
Timothy J. Sheridan
Robin E. Adams
Ronald J. Ward
       
Head of Government Public Monies Social Welfare Quarantine
For the purposes of subsection 15A(3) of the Norfolk Island Act 1979 the following Ministers will be authorised to act on behalf of another Minister while that Ministeris absent of unable to act:
Self-government - Budget Health Reserves & Forestry
Intergovenmental Relations Economic Policy - Hospital Enterprise Norfolk Island Plan
Strategic Planning Industry Development - Healthcare National Park and Botanic Gardens  
Public Service GST - Public Health Waste Management
Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism - may act for all Ministers
Tourism Customs Immigration Pests and Noxious weeds
Justice Retail Price Index Cultural, Heritage and Traditions Primary Industry
Minister for Finance - may act for all Ministers
Police Benefit Adjustment Factor KAVHA - Agricultural and Horticultural
  Fees and Charges Museums - Marine & Fisheries
Minister for Cultural Heritage and Community Services - may act for all Ministers
Licensing Education Domestic Animals
Gaming   Slaughtering
Minister for the Environment - may act fo all Ministers
Government Business Enterprise   Pounds
- Electricity   Civil Works
- Telecom   - Roads
- Airport   - Road Traffic
- Liquor Bond   - Quarrying
- Postal/Philatelic   - Shipping/Lighterage
Emergency Services & Disaster Management    
Sport & Recreation    
Employment    
- Workers Compensation    
- Industrial Relations    

21 May 2014 [NB - replaces Administrative Arrangements Order Gazette No. 14 (22.3.2103) as amended Gazette No. 49 (15.11.2013)]

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14th Legislative Assembly
20th March 2013 - 17th June 2015
ACTS MINISTER RESPONSIBLE
NORFOLK ACT 1979
   
Schedule
No
Item
No
Absentee Landowners Levy Act 1976 Finance
2
72
Administration Act 1936 Chief Minister
2
91
Administration and Probate Act 2006 Chief Minister
2
63 & 93
Administrative Review Tribunal Act 1996 Chief Minister
2
65
Adoption of Children Act 1932 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
88
Affidavits Act 1956 Chief Minister
2
91
Age of Majority Act 1980 Chief Minister
2
91
Airport Act 1991 Finance
2
78
Airport Runways Loan Act 2003 Finance
2
1
Animals (Importation) Act 1983 Environment
3
6
Annual Reports Act 2004 Chief Minister
2
43
Apiaries Act 1935 Environment
2
52
Appropriation Acts Finance
2
1, 2
Associations Incorporation Act 2005 Chief Minister
2
86
Auctioneers Act 1926 Chief Minister
2
89
Bail Act 2005 Chief Minister
2
22, 91
Bankruptcy Act 2006 Chief Minister
2
93
Bills of Exchange Act 1961 Chief Minister
2
68
Birds Protection Act 1913 Environment
2
73
Bookmakers and Betting Exchange Act 1998 Finance
2
45
Bores and Wells Act 1996 Chief Minister
2
56
Brands and Marks Act 1949 Environment
2
49
Building Act 2002 Environment
2
20
Business Names Act 1976 Chief Minister
2
59
Business Transactions (Administration) Act 2006 Finance
2
1
Business Transactions (Levy Imposition) Act 2006 Finance
2
1
Cascade Cliff Loan Act 1998 Finance
2
1
Cemeteries Act 2009 Environment
2
16
Census and Statistics Act 1961 Chief Minister
2
64
Cheques (Duty) Act 1983 Finance
2
72
Child Welfare Act 2009 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
88
Church of England Act 1981 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
80
Church of England Land Act 1937 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
80
Citation of Laws Act 1995 Chief Minister
2
69, 91
Commercial Arbitration Act 2006 Chief Minister
2
86, 89
Companies Act 1985 Chief Minister
2
86
Contagious Diseases Act 1957 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
67
Conveyancing Act 1913 Finance
Reserved
Coroners Act 1993 Chief Minister
2
91
Court of Petty Sessions Act 1960 Chief Minister
2
91
Court Procedures Act 2007 Chief Minister
2
91
Creditors' Remedies Act 1929 Finance
2
91
Criminal Code 2007 Chief Minister
2
91
Criminal Law Act 1960 Chief Minister
2
91
Criminal Procedure Act 2007 Chief Minister
2
91
Crimes (Forensic Procedures) Act 2002 Chief Minister
2
91
Crown Lands Act 1996 Environment
Reserved
Customs Act 1913 Finance
3
2
Dangerous Drugs Act 1927 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
Reserved
De Facto Relationships Act 2005 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
93
Departure Fee Act 1980 Finance
2
72
Disaster and Emergency Management Act 2001 Finance
2
46
Dogs Registration Act 1936 Environment
2
12
Domestic Violence Act 1995 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
91
Education Act 1931 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
3
4
Electricity (Licensing and Registration) Act 1985 Finance
2
7
Electricity Supply Act 1985 Finance
2
7, 57
Employment Act 1988 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
3
8
Enactments Reprinting Act 1980 Chief Minister
2
69
Endangered Species Act 1980 Environment
2
73
Environment Act 1990 Environment
2
6
Evidence Act 2004 Chief Minister
2
91
Executive Powers (Removal of Doubt) Act 2001 Chief Minister
2
74
Fair Trading Act 1995 Chief Minister
2
68
Fees Act 1976 Finance
2
1
Fencing Act 1913 Environment
2
58
Financial Institutions Levy Act 1985 Finance
2
72
Firearms and Prohibited Weapons Act 1997 Chief Minister
2
25
Fire Control Act 2000 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
18
Fiscal Charges and Impositions Act 2011 Finance
 
Fish (Export Control) Act 1984 Environment
2
53
Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1978 Chief Minister
2
91
Foreign Marriage Act 1963 Chief Minister
2
93
Fuel Emergency Act 2005 Finance
2
24, 32, 46, 57, 76, 78, 80, 81, 89, & 90
Fuel Levy Act 1987 Finance
2
72
Fugitive Offenders (Jurisdiction) Act 1923 Chief Minister
2
91
Gaming Act 1998 Finance
2
45
Gaming Machines Act 1986 Finance
2
45
Gaming Supervision Act 1998 Finance
2
45
Goods and Services Tax Act 2007 Finance
2
1
Greenwich University Act 1998 Chief Minister
3
4
Health Act 1913 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
67
Healthcare Act 1989 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
67
Healthcare Levy Act 1990 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
1
Heritage Act 2002 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
80
Immigration Act 1980 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
3
3
Infants' Maintenance and Protection Act 1913 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
88
Interpretation Act 1979 Chief Minister
2
69
Judicature Act 1960 Chief Minister
2
91
Juries Act 1960 Chief Minister
2
91
Justices of the Peace Act 1972 Chief Minister
2
91
Land Administration Fees Act 1996 Finance
2
1
Land Titles Act 1996 Environment
Reserved
Land Titles (Aliens) Act 1979 Environment
Reserved
Law of Negligence and Limitation of Liability Act 2008 Chief Minister

3
2

93; &
8

Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1971 Chief Minister
2
91
Legal Aid Act 1995 Chief Minister
2
85
Legal Profession Act 1993 Chief Minister
2
90
Legislative Assembly Act 1979 Chief Minister
2
Reserved
Legislative Assembly (Register of Members’ Interests) Act 2004 Chief Minister
2
Reserved
Legislative Assembly Privileges Act 1987 Chief Minister
2
Reserved
Lighterage Act 1961 Environment
2
38
Limitation of Actions Act 2008 Chief Minister
2
93
Limitation of Actions (Real Property) Act 1988 Chief Minister
2
91
Liquor Act 2005 Finance
2
31
Lotteries and Fund-Raising Act 1987 Finance
2
45
Lunacy Act 1932 Chief Minister
2
67
Maintenance Orders (Facilities for Enforcement) Act 1960 Chief Minister
2
88
Marine Safety Act 2013 Environment
2
60
Marking of Weight on Heavy Packages Act 1932 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
3
Married Persons (Equality of Status) Act 2011 Chief Minister
 
Mediation Act 2005 Chief Minister
2
91
Medical Practitioners Registration Act 1983 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
89
Mental Health Act 1996 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
67
Mercantile Law Act 1959 Chief Minister
2
68
Mercantile Law (Chose in Action) Act 1989 Chief Minister
2
68
Migratory Birds Act 1980 Environment
2
73
Museum Trust Act 1987 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
30
Norfolk Island Broadcasting Act 2001 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
35
Norfolk Island Flag and Public Seal Act 1979 Chief Minister
2
71
Norfolk Island Government Tourist Bureau Act 1980 Chief Minister
2
27
Norfolk Island Hospital Act 1985 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
67
Norfolk Island Language (Norf’k) Act 2004 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
80
Norfolk Island National Park and Norfolk Island Botanic Garden Act 1984 Environment
Reserved
Norfolk Island Penny Savings Bank Act 1935 Finance
2
83
Norfolk Island Planning and Environment Board Act 2002 Environment
Reserved
Noxious Weeds Act 1916 Environment
2
14
Oaths Act 1960 Chief Minister
2
91
Official Survey Act 1978 Environment
Reserved
Ombudsman Act 2012 Chief Minister
 
Pasturage and Enclosure Act 1949 Environment
2
50
Pharmacy Act 1956 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
89
Planning Act 2002 Environment
Reserved
Planning and Public Health (Consequential Provisions) Act 1996 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
Reserved
Plant and Fruit Diseases Act 1959 Environment
2
55
Poisons and Dangerous Substances Act 1957 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
26, 67
Police Act 1931 Chief Minister
2
91
Postal Services Act 1983 Finance
2
36
Pounds Act 1934 Environment
2
13
Powers of Attorney Act 1959 Chief Minister
2
93
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1913 Environment
2
12
Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1987 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
3
9
Provident Account Act 1958 Chief Minister
2
43
Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1980 Finance
2
1
Public Health Act 1996 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
67
Public Moneys Act 1979 Finance
2
2
Public Reserves Act 1997 Environment
Reserved
Public Reserves (Animals) Act 1983 Environment
2
50
Public Reserves (Consequential Provisions) Act 1997 Environment
2
50
Public Roads and Public Notices Act 1913 Environment
2
4
Public Sector Management Act 2000 Chief Minister
2
43
Public Sector Remuneration Tribunal Act 1992 Chief Minister
3
8
Quarrying and Related Public Works Act 2004 Environment
2
19, 44
Referendum Act 1964 Chief Minister
2
39
Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages Act 1963 Chief Minister
2
41
Registration of Dentists Act 1931 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
66
Removal of Prisoners Act 2004 Chief Minister
2
91, 92
Retail Price Index Act 1983 Finance
2
61
Roads Act 2002 Environment
Reserved
Royal Commissions Act 1928 Chief Minister
2
91
Sale of Food Act 1950 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
31
Sale of Goods (Vienna Convention) Act 1987 Chief Minister
2
68
Sale of Shares Act 1922 Chief Minister
2
86
Sale of Tobacco Act 2004 Chief Minister
2
67
Sea-carriage of Goods Act 1939 Environment
2
38
Sellheim Grave Act 1934 Environment
2
80
Sentencing Act 2007 Chief Minister
2
91
Slaughtering Act 1913 Environment
2
11
Social Services Act 1980 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
3
10
Spear Guns Control Act 1971 Environment
3
1
Standard Time and Daylight Saving Act 1974 Chief Minister
Reserved
Status of Children Act 2012 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
 
Stock Diseases Act 1936 Environment
2
54
Subdivision Act 2002 Environment
Reserved
Succession and Wills Act 1913 Chief Minister
2
63
Summary Offences Act 2005 Chief Minister
2
22, 91
Supply Act (see Appropriation Act too) Finance
2
1, 2
Supreme Court Act 1960 Chief Minister
2
91
Surveys Act 1937 Environment
Reserved
Telecommunications Act 1992 Finance
2
48
Television Reception Dishes Act 1986 Finance
2
35
Territorial Waters Act 1926 Environment
2
Reserved
Tourist Accommodation Act 1984 Chief Minister
2
27, 29
Traffic Act 2010 Environment
2
3
Trees Act 1997 Environment
2
81
Trustee Act 1931 Chief Minister
2
63
Tuberculosis Act 1950 Cultural Heritage and Community Services
2
67
Waste Management Act 2003 Environment
2
9, 1
   
3
2
Water Assurance Charges Act 1991 Finance
2
8
Weights Act 1926 Chief Minister
2
68
Wills Act 1973 Chief Minister
2
93
Youth Advisory Council Act 2000 Chief Minister
2
80

 

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[Note – references to “executive member” have been amended by the transitional provisions of the Interpretation (Amendment) Act 2012.

“5(1) Where in any enactment reference is made to an “executive member” or “executive members”, that reference is deemed to be reference to “Minister” or “Ministers”.

5(2) Where in any enactment reference is made to “Minister” meaning a Minister of the Commonwealth, that reference is deemed to be reference to the “Commonwealth Minister”.”]

 

Employment Conciliation Board

Governing Legislation: Employment Act 1988

Membership: Three Members

Term of Membership: Not less than 2 years but not more than 3 years but may be re-appointed.

Qualifications for Membership:

A person has relevant qualifications or experience for the purposes of appointment to the Employment Conciliation Board if the person –

  1. has had substantial experience in industry, commerce, industrial relations or the service of a government or authority of a government;
  2. has been a member of the Public Service Board
  3. has been a Magistrate, or has held judicial office of a similar kind in a place other than Norfolk Island;
  4. is or has been entitled to practise law in Norfolk Island, or in a State, Territory or New Zealand; or
  5. has obtained a degree of a university or an educational qualification of a similar standard in the field of law, economics, industrial relations or some other field of study considered by the executive member to have substantial relevance to the functions of the Board.

Functions of the Board

The functions of the Board are to inquire into and resolve matters in respect of which powers and functions are conferred on the Board by the Act.

In particular, the functions of the Board are to consider matters brought before it in relation to employment.

Power of the Board

The Board has the power to do all things that are necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with or incidental to the exercise of its powers and the performance of its functions

 

Claims Committee

Governing Legislation: Healthcare Act 1989

Membership: The Director of the Norfolk Island Hospital Enterprise; the Minister and another member of the Legislative Assembly chosen by resolution of the Assembly.

Functions of Committee:
The functions of the Committee are —

Proceedings of Committee:

  1. Subject to this Act, the Committee may conduct its proceedings as it thinks fit.
  2. The Committee must not meet, or continue to meet, unless at least 2 members (including the Director) are present.
  3. Where, under paragraph 23(a), the Committee determines the entitlement of a person to free medical services under this Part (other than section 21), the Committee is to provide a copy of its determination, and of the reasons for it, to the Minister, and the Minister is to give effect to the determination.
  4. Where, under paragraph 23(b), the Committee determines an application under section 21 for reimbursement of costs incurred by an applicant, the Committee is to provide a copy of its determination, and of the reasons for it, to the applicant, and the Minister is to give effect to the determination.

 

Immigration Committee

Governing Legislation: Immigration Act 1980

Membership: Not less than 3 but no more than 5 members, at least one but no more than 2 of whom shall be Members of the Legislative Assembly and all of whom shall be residents.

Term of Membership: Two years but can be re-appointed

Functions of Committee

The Functions of the Committee are to furnish reports to the executive member

  1. as provided by section 19 of the Act, with respect to applications for the grant of general entry permits;
  2. as provided by section 32 of the Act, with respect to applications for persons to be declared to be residents of Norfolk Island; and
  3. with respect to any other matter which the executive member refers to the Committee concerning his powers or functions under this Act or that otherwise relates to the operation of the Act.

The Committee may offer advice to the executive member with respect to any matter which, in its opinion, relates to –

  1. the grant of permits;
  2. immigration to Norfolk Island; or
  3. the declaration of persons to be residents of Norfolk Island, or otherwise relates to the operation of the Act.

 

Legal Aid Advisory Committee

Governing Legislation: Legal Aid Act 1995

Membership: Three members

Term of Membership: Two years but may be re-appointed

Functions of Committee
The functions of the Committee are to make recommendations to the executive member concerning –

  1. whether in relation to an application for legal assistance referred to the Committee by the executive member, such assistance should be granted; and
  2. the provision of legal assistance on Norfolk Island; and
  3. measures to improve legal education and access to legal services on Norfolk Island; and
  4. such other matters relating to legal assistance and legal education as are referred to the Committee by the executive member.

 

Liquor Licensing Board

Governing Legislation: Liquor Act 1960

Membership: Three Members

Term of Membership: Three years but can be re-appointed

Powers and functions of the Board: The Board may –

  1. Grant a licence or conditional certificate;
  2. Renew, transfer or remove a licence;
  3. Suspend or cancel a licence or conditional certificate;
  4. Disqualify a licensee or licensed premises; and
  5. Exercise such other powers and perform such other functions as are prescribed.

 

Museum Trust

Governing Legislation: Museum Trust Act 1987

Membership: Seven Members

Term of Membership: Two years but may be re-appointed
The Trust has the following functions;

  1. to acquire possession of heritage objects for the purposes, in relation to objects so acquired, of –
    1. ensuring the safe custody of the objects;
    2. preventing physical damage to, or decay of, the objects;
    3. preparing a catalogue of the objects;
    4. obtaining and recording control information about the objects; and
    5. preparing the objects for display in a museum approved by the executive member.

The Trust has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with, or incidental to, the performance of its function and may:

    1. acquire possession of heritage objects –
      1. by purchase or lease;
      2. by gift, exchange or testamentary disposition; on loan; or
      3. as a trustee under a trust instrument; and
    2. provide for the security, storage and restoration of heritage objects in the possession of the Trust.

 

Norfolk Island Cultural Heritage Committee

Governing Legislation: Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1987

Membership: Four Members Term of Membership: Four years but can be re-appointed

Functions of the Committee: The Functions of the Committee are to furnish advice to the executive member, either of its own motion or on request made to it by the executive member, in relation to –

  1. the examination of proposed regulations so far as they relate to the Control List;
  2. applications for certificates in relation to the export of Class A objects; and
  3. applications for permits in relation to the export of Class B objects.

Norfolk Island Cultural Heritage Control List

Class A
  1. Objects recovered from the wreck in 1790 at Pitcairn Island of HM Armed Vessel Bounty
  2. Objects land in Norfolk Island on 8 June 1856 and brought from Pitcairn Island on the vessel Morayshire

Class B

  1. Objects recovered from or located in the Kingston – Arthur’s Vale Historic Area and relating to convicts, free settlers, military or naval personnel associated with the penal settlement of Norfolk Island before 8 June 1856
  2. Objects recovered from ships wrecked before 1 January 1938 in territorial waters within the meaning of the Territorial Waters Act 1926

 

Norfolk Island Gaming Authority

Governing Legislation: Gaming Supervision Act 1998

Membership: Three

Term of Membership: Three years but Members can be re-appointed

Functions and powers

11.(1) The functions of the Authority are —

    1. the functions conferred on, or assigned to, it by or under this or any prescribed Act; and
    2. to ensure that an efficient and effective system of supervision is established and maintained over the operations authorised by or under any prescribed Act; and
    3. to advise, and make recommendations to, the executive member in respect of the administration of this Act or any prescribed Act; and
    4. to liaise with other gaming control agencies, whether in Australia or elsewhere, on matters relating to the administration, operation or control of gaming.

(2) The Authority has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with, or incidental to, the performance of its functions and in particular has the specific powers conferred on, or assigned to, it by or under this or any prescribed Act.

(3)The Authority may —

  1. require the Director to provide it with a report on any matter relating to the operations authorised by or under any prescribed Act, or the regulation of those operations; or
  2. direct the Director or an authorised officer in the exercise of the powers or functions conferred on him or her by or under this Act, or any prescribed Act.

 

Norfolk Island Government Tourist Bureau

Governing Legislation: Norfolk Island Government Tourist Bureau Act 1980

Membership: Seven Members

Term of Membership: One year but can be re-appointed

Functions of the Bureau

  1. to encourage
    1. visits to; and
    2. travel within,
    Norfolk Island by people from outside Norfolk Island; and
  2. to seek and receive the views, comments, suggestions and complaints of persons and bodies concerning Norfolk Island tourism; and
  3. to advise the executive member on Norfolk Island tourism including the means by which tourism in Norfolk Island might be extended or improved; and
  4. to consider any matters relating to Norfolk Island that the executive member may refer to the Bureau; and
  5. to carry out any directions given to the Bureau by the executive member under section 15.

Powers of the Bureau

The Bureau has power to do all things that are necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of its functions and, in particular, has power –

  1. to enter into contracts; and
  2. to acquire, hold and lease real and personal property; and
  3. to engage in, or arrange for , publicity in relation to Norfolk Island, with particular reference to the Island’s attractions and tourist facilities; and
  4. to induce and assist travel agents, transport operations and other appropriate bodies and persons to encourage people to visit Norfolk Island; and
  5. to produce, or cause to be produced, and to distribute without charge or to sell magazines, books, booklets, pamphlets and other publications concerning Norfolk Island; and
  6. to advertise Norfolk Island as a tourist resort, on television or by any other means of communication; and
  7. to collect and supply, with or without charge, information concerning Norfolk Island; and
  8. to provide assistance to travel agents, transport operators and other appropriate bodies or persons in arranging travel, accommodation or other services or facilities for people visiting Norfolk Island; and
  1. to carry on the business of travel agent or transport operator; and
  2. to arrange or conduct tours to or from Norfolk Island, with or without another place as an intermediate destination; and
  3. to carry on the business of providing accommodation, meals, refreshments, goods and other services and facilities for persons visiting Norfolk Island; and
  4. to operate tourist bureaux; and
  5. to accept gifts and contributions for the purposes of the Bureau; and
  6. to –
    1. carry out all or any of its functions; or
    2. to exercise all or any of its powers, either in Norfolk Island or elsewhere; and
  7. to do all things necessary or ancillary to its powers.

(2) In the exercise of its functions the Bureau shall at all times operate in accordance with any directions given to it by the executive member

(3) The powers and functions of the Bureau extend to the doing of acts and things jointly with other persons or bodies, either in Norfolk Island or elsewhere.

 

Norfolk Island Hospital Advisory Board

Governing Legislation: Norfolk Island Hospital Act 1985

Membership: Three members and a deputy member for each member.

Term of Membership: Three years but can be re-appointed

Functions of the Board

(1)The Advisory Board has the following functions:

  1. to provide advice and direction on the strategic management of the Enterprise;
  2. to advise the executive member on issues relating to the future development of the Enterprise;
  3. to advise the executive member on public health issues.

(2) The Advisory Board has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done in connection with the performance of its functions.

(3) In performing its functions, the Advisory Board must comply with the matters specified in section 8.

(4) Except as otherwise provided by or under this or any other Act, the Advisory Board is not subject to direction by or on behalf of the Administration.

(5) In performing its functions, the Advisory Board –

  1. may consult any person or body; and
  2. may take such steps as it considers practicable to consult the Norfolk Island community generally; and
  3. must maintain the confidentiality necessary to protect the interests of the Enterprise in respect of the internal management issues, industrial relations matters, commercial transactions, dealings with individual members of the public and all matters affecting the interests of the Enterprise.

 

Norfolk Island Planning And Environment Board

Governing Legislation: Norfolk Island Planning and Environment Act 2002

Membership: Five Permanent Members, a delegate member for each permanent member, specialist members of the board.

Term of Membership: Three years or lesser period but may be re-appointed.

Functions and Powers

  1. The function of the Board is to –
    1. Give advice and make recommendations to the executive member on –
      1. matters referred to the Board by the executive member under section 99 of the Planning Act 2002 or section 32 of the Heritage Act 2002; and
      2. the effectiveness or otherwise of the Planning Act 2002 and other Acts administered by the executive member to achieve the objects of those Acts; and
      3. any other matters within the portfolio of the executive member referred to the Board by the executive member; and
      4. all development applications for permissible (with consent) use or development; and
      5. all heritage proposals; and
      6. on any matters referred to the Board by resolution of the Legislative Assembly related to planning and environment of Norfolk Island or any other matter; and
    2. to carry out such other functions as the Board is given by this or any other enactment.
  2. The Board shall only give advice or a recommendation on a matter pursuant to subparagraph 5(1)(a)(ii) –
    1. as part of advice or a recommendation given on a matter referred to the Board by the executive member; or
    2. if the executive member refers a matter to the Board for such advice or recommendation.
  3. Notwithstanding subsection 5(2), the Board may recommend to the executive member matters for referral to the Board.
  4. The Board has power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done in relation to the performance of its functions.
  5. The performance of a function or the exercise of a power by the Board is not invalid only because there is a vacancy in the membership of the Board, or a vacancy in the office of Chairperson.
  6. For subparagraph 5(1)(a)(vi) – “matters referred to the Board by resolution of the Legislative Assembly related to planning and environment of Norfolk Island” include matters concerning –
    1. conservation of the natural environment, landscape beauty and cultural and built heritage of Norfolk Island;
    2. whether physical works and other activities are or will be in harmony with the natural environment;
    3. preservation of the way of life and quality of life of the people of Norfolk Island;
    4. proposed or possible destruction of, damage to and degradation of the natural environment, landscape beauty and cultural and built heritage of Norfolk Island;
    5. the likely effect of proposed or possible physical works and other activities on human health or safety;
    6. management, development and conservation of the natural and man-made resources of Norfolk Island for the social and economic welfare of the community and a better environment; and
    7. the orderly and economic use and development of land on Norfolk Island and provision of utility and community services and facilities.

 

Norfolk Island Social Services Board

Governing Legislation: Social Services Act 1980

Membership: Not less than 3 nor more than 5 members. One or two shall be members of the Legislative Assembly. Two or Three shall be persons appointed by the Administrator

Term of Membership: Three years but may be re-appointed.

Functions

The functions of the Board are to consider and make recommendations to the executive member concerning claims and concerning the claims and concerning the exercise of any power by the executive member or by an authorised officer under this Act.

The Board has the further function of furnishing to the executive member reports or recommendations concerning

  1. social welfare in Norfolk Island;
  2. the likely cost of any extension of the benefits under the Act;
  3. the priority that should be given to any extension of the benefits under this Act; and
  4. the operation generally of the Act.

 

Public Service Board

Governing Legislation: Public Sector Management Act 2000\ Human Resources Policy & Procedures Manual

Membership: Three Members. One Member to be an employee elected in accordance with the Act.

Term of Membership: Two years or lesser period but may be re-appointed

Functions of the Board

The Board’s functions are to –

  1. evaluate observance by public service management and employees of –
    1. the public sector general principles; and
    2. the employment standards; and
  2. advise the Legislative Assembly on the contents of any Determination under Division 3 of Part 3 of the Act referred to it for comment by the executive member; and
  3. if required by the executive member, advise the Legislative Assembly on the appointment of the Chief Executive Officer and the terms and conditions of that appointment; and
  4. consider and report to the executive member on any matter relating to the public service (including a matter referred to it by the executive member); and
  5. undertake any other task related to the administration of this Act referred to it by the executive member; and
  6. perform any other function assigned to it by or under the Act or the regulations.

 

Road Safety Committee

Governing Legislation: Road Traffic Act 1982

Membership: At least three members but no more than six.

Term of Membership: Two years or lesser period but may be re-appointed

Functions of the Board

  1. The Committee shall meet regularly and shall have power to inquire into and make recommendations concerning road safety and such other matters as the Regulations may provide.
  2. The Committee is required to provide an annual report to the executive member on the operation of the Act for the preceding year ending 30 June, and its effectiveness, and may make recommendations for changes to the Act or the Regulations that may make it more effective in regulating road traffic for the purpose of improving road safety for persons in Norfolk Island.
  3. The Administrator may make Regulations for the establishment of the Committee including the qualifications and method of appointment of members, the conduct of its meetings and the presentation of its various reports and recommendations.

 

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