Why is NT not a state?
The National Territory of Australia is a federal territory that occupies most of the central portion of the continent extending towards the central north region. With its extensive history, the first inhabitants of the land were the Indigenous Australians. In the 17th century, it was found that the Europeans occupied the land and two centuries thereafter, British occupied the coastal regions. Known as the Territorians, the Northern Territory is well known to be comprising of the European descent followed by the English, Irish, Scottish, German and Italian. Today, the territory’s economic growth largely depends on its tourism gains. Being famous for its natural and man-made wonders, the Northern Territory continues to flourish in its profound nature.
Of the territory’s current status, many still question why the Northern Territory remain to be a territory and not a state. One reason why the Northern Territory is not a state is because the people do not have representational rights in the Australian Parliament’s constitution. The positions created by the authorities are always subject to change disabling its people to gain rights and power. Another reason is that the Territorians don’t have a say on any national referendum regardless of the fact that they can cast their votes. And finally, the Northern Territory is not a state because the Australian Parliament gains more control over the continent compared to when it is declared to be a State. This form of control permits authorities to cancel any amended law, change any given powers and dissolve the Northern Territory Parliamentary form of government without consulting the citizens.
With the limited ability to make, amend and promulgate laws and with the Australian Parliament gaining more power over the Territorians, the Northern Territory remains to be a territory rather than a state.