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Labor is supporting a Greens bill that could see the territories enforcing their own laws on issues such as same-sex marriage and euthanasia, the Australian reports.
Under the 1997 amendment to the Territories Act, federal ministers have the authority to reverse any territory laws through the use of executive power.
The power has been used to overrule the Northern Territory's voluntary euthanasia bill and the Australian Capital Territory's civil unions legislation.
Greens Leader Bob Brown said the bill, to be introduced Thursday, would see that overturned and would restore the constitutional basis for the elected assemblies.
If passed it would impact the legislative rights of the ACT, the NT and Norfolk Island.
"The Greens bill would retract the ministerial override so that territory laws can only be quashed by a vote of both the House of Representatives and the Senate," Senator Brown said.
The Kevin Andrews Bill from 1997 still needs to be addressed to restore the territories' rights to legislate on euthanasia however this week's bill will open the door to it being reinstated.
A Greens spokeswoman told the Australian Online that the party would put forward a bill later in the year to try and overturn the Andrews' ruling.
The NT's Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 was the first such legislation in the world before being quashed by a higher government.
NT Chief Minister Paul Henderson last year said he had no intention of introducing voluntary euthanasia laws.
Labor to support Greens bill that would strengthen territory laws (The Australian)
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