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NORTHERN TERRITORY (SELF-GOVERNMENT) ACT 1978 - SECT 57

Continuance of laws

             (1)  Subject to this Act, on and after the commencing date, all existing laws of the Territory have the same operation as they would have had if this Act had not been enacted, subject to alteration or repeal by or under enactment.

             (2)  Where any existing law of the Territory, the operation of which is preserved by this section, is a law of the State of South Australia, any power or function which by that law is vested in the Governor of the State of South Australia, in the Governor of that State with the advice of his or her Executive Council or in any authority of that State shall, in relation to the Territory, be vested in and exercised or performed by the Administrator, the Administrator acting with the advice of the Council or the authority exercising similar powers and functions in the Territory, as the case may be, or as the Administrator directs.

             (3)  In this section, existing law of the Territory means:

                     (a)  any law in force in the Territory immediately before the commencing date, other than an Act or an instrument (not being an Ordinance or an instrument made under an Ordinance) made under an Act; or

                     (b)  an Ordinance, or an instrument under an Ordinance, in force immediately before the commencing date or made and assented to before that date but not in force before that date.



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