Standing up for Canberra

Important day for territory rights

Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann MP has today used her second reading speech on the Australian Capital Territory Water Management Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 to speak on territory rights, ahead of tomorrow’s High Court decision on the ACT’s same sex marriage laws.

The Bill passed the House of Representatives today, paving the way for the ACT Government to manage its own water abstraction, which has previously been managed by the Commonwealth.

“This bill is about more than water. By giving this responsibility to the ACT government, this bill is further recognition that the government of the ACT has well and truly come of age,” Ms Brodtmann said.

“This is a significant moment for me to be speaking in the Parliament about territory rights.

“Tomorrow, the High Court will hand down its ruling on whether or not the ACT's same-sex marriage laws are inconsistent with the federal Marriage Act.

“Tomorrow, we will learn a great deal about the rights of the ACT to make laws for its citizens.

“As a supporter of marriage equality and of self-government, I hope that tomorrow's decision upholds territory rights.”