Monday, 24 October 2016
Law School to host NT Governance Summit
The School of Law will host a Northern Territory Governance Summit to discuss governance issues including self-government in the region.
Associate Head of School Dr Danial Kelly said the public event in Darwin would help Territorians to take a careful look at NT governance models and institutions.
“We need to look at what is working and what isn’t,” Dr Kelly said.
“Whether we remain a self-governing Commonwealth territory or become a state, Territorians need to review our governance mechanisms as our community develops and evolves.”
Summit convenor, senior lecturer in law Ken Parish said the event would allow Territorians to have constructive discussions with current and former politicians, community leaders, academics, business and union representatives and other stakeholders on a wide range of questions affecting accountability, transparency and good government.
“Do we want governance structures that promote civil deliberation, collaboration and constructive compromise without sacrificing effective, decisive, coherent government policy?” Mr Parish asked.
“Or do we want politics to remain overwhelmingly adversarial and competitive, with electors mostly just choosing between two opposing political “tribes”? Most Territorians clearly want the first option, but deciding how to get there isn’t easy.”
The NT Governance Summit will discuss a range of possible reform options, including:
The NT Governance Summit will take place over two days on 23 and 24 February at CDU’s Business School at the Darwin Waterfront.
Attendance at the NT Governance Summit will be free and open to all, although seats will be limited. Pre-booking arrangements will be announced closer to the event.
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