The Northern Territory was administered by the Commonwealth Government 1911- 1948.
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At the time of Federation the Northern Territory was a part of South Australia and was then ceded to the Commonwealth as a Territory. The Commonwealth had responsibility for the administration of the Territory pursuant to the Northern Territory (Administration) Act 1910 of the Commonwealth.
From 1911 to 1947 the laws of the Territory were made by the Commonwealth Government and Parliament.
In 1947 the Northern Territory (Administration) Act was amended to provide for a Territory legislature. The first Legislative Council for the Northern Territory assembled in Darwin in March 1948 (see History of the NT Government).
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