The Council of Elders (CoE) and the Norfolk Island People for Democracy (NIPD) would like to applaud the leadership of Mayor, Robin Adams in bringing forward a Motion for Council to call for a Royal Commission.
The Norfolk Island Regional Council calls upon:
THE ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TERRITORIES THE HON NOLA MARINO M.P., TO ADVOCATE TO THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT THAT A ROYAL COMMISSION FUNDED BY THE COMMONWEALTH BE FORMALLY ESTABLISHED BY THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL TO INQUIRE INTO AND TO REPORT AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS ON: Options to provide for the most appropriate form of government for the non-self- governing territory of Norfolk Island that can achieve the majority support of the Norfolk Island People; and build a pathway to peace. Through this Motion, Mayor Adams has joined an orchestra of other Norfolk Island voices calling on the Commonwealth Government to take a more considerate, well-planned, collaborative and democratic approach to the government of Norfolk Island. There is no doubt that the Mayor’s Royal Commission initiative has the potential to positively re-shape Norfolk’s relationship with the Commonwealth and re-unify our community. We trust that the Mayor’s fellow Councillors and the Commonwealth will embrace this opportunity and it will be received and considered with the same genuine intent in which it has been requested.
Read the Mayoral Minute from 19 August here.