As a long term Territorian, I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure the Territory becomes an equal player in our Federation.
Statehood is about equality – about having the same rights as every other Australian.
I believe the time is right for change – and I’ll be talking to as many Territorians as I can about statehood in the lead-up to the convention.
Take it from me, darlings – identity is everything, which is why I’ll be supporting statehood, and the Territory finally standing on its own two heels!
A modern society with a proud history like ours should be legally the same as any other State in Australia.
You can’t pretend to be something you’re not, which is why I’ll be supporting our push towards statehood.
Darwin is home to some of the most talented and creative young people in the country – which is why I support statehood and equality for us all.
I cannot think of one good reason why the Territory shouldn’t be an equal player and a state in its own right, just like all the other states in Australia.
The time is right to have a debate about statehood – and I think the Constitutional Convention is a great way of getting Territorians involved in the process.
We owe it to all those people who came to the Territory and built this place to fight for equality and statehood.
I really can’t think of one good reason why the Territory shouldn’t have the same rights as all the other states in this country.
I really want to help represent the people of Alice at the Constitutional Convention in Darwin next year and help create history.
I reckon statehood’s our destiny – and it’s going to be great to see so many young people involved in the process.
I’m a Territorian and I believe we should be making decisions about our own future and the future of our children and our grandchildren.
The big issue for me is equality for all Territorians. Do we really want our kids - and their kids - towing the Canberra line for the next century?
I’m so excited that 16 and 17 year-olds will be able to stand for election as delegates to the Constitutional Convention and have the right to vote.
I find it unbelievable that Territorians like me have fewer rights than other Australians, which is why I support our push towards statehood.
I think it’s encouraging that our first State Constitution will be written by Territorians at the people’s convention.
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The Statehood Referendum
Friday 27 January 2012 is the big day.
That’s the day that nominations open for those Territorians who want to represent their communities as delegates to the next April’s Constitutional Convention in Darwin.
The main aim of the Convention is to debate and create a draft State Constitution, which we will need if we want to become a State.
So if you care about Statehood and you care about your community, you should think seriously about nominating and registering your interest today.
Next April’s Constitutional Convention In Darwin will be a people’s convention – with Territorians from across the length and breadth of the Territory coming together to represent their communities.
These elected representatives will help draft an NT State Constitution and help shape our future in the Territory.
That’s why it’s important that you vote for the person you think will best represent your family and the interests of your community on 24 March 2012.
So check out the ntstate7 website after nominations close on 1 March 2012 and see who will be standing to represent your community in your electorate.
The Constitutional Convention Delegate Elections, which will be held on 24 March 2012, will see three delegates elected from each of the Territory’s 25 electorates. These delegates will head to Darwin on 21 April 2012 to help draft a State Constitution for the Territory and represent the interests of their communities.
It’s a big task – which is why we all need to support our delegates in whatever way we can.
So talk to your delegates in the lead-up to the convention about the issues that are important to you and your family. You can also use facebook, twitter and our discussion blogs during the convention to talk directly to your delegates.
And remember – you can follow the debates and the activities at the convention as they happen by logging into the ntstate7 website.
Shortly after the Constitutional Convention finishes in late April 2012, the new draft State Constitution will be made available to all Territorians.
The aim is to produce a people’s constitution – one that reflects the hopes and aspirations of all Territorians.
That means all Territorians will have an opportunity to read the document and comment on its contents.
In 2013 – following extensive public consultation on the draft State Constitution – a second Constitutional Convention will convene in Alice Springs.
It will be attended by the same elected community delegates who attended the convention in Darwin – and the aim is to finalise the NT State Constitution.
In late 2013, a referendum on Statehood is planned.
The referendum will ask Territorians if the time is right for the Territory to become Australia’s seventh State.
These video clips can be viewed on YouTube