17 Jun 2015

Norfolk Island assembly closes as automony ends

4:01 pm on 17 June 2015

The Norfolk Island legislative assembly has this morning held its last meeting as it is being dis-established.

Last month, the Australian parliament abolished the island's autonomy, scrapping its assembly and government.

The outgoing chief minister, Lisle Snell, says it has been a solemn occasion closing a chapter in the island's history.

"The legal process will end the Norfolk Island legislative assembly at midnight tonight when the proclamation confirming the acts of parliament is passed and that will effectively sign the death warrant of the Norfolk Island government and the Norfolk Island legislative assembly as of midnight tonight."

The Chief Minister of Norfolk Island, Lisle Snell

The Chief Minister of Norfolk Island, Lisle Snell Photo: Supplied

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