Open speed limits on table for NT

OPEN speed limits could return to outback Northern Territory roads by 2013.

A 130kmh speed limit came into force in 2006 but the Country Liberals, which regained power earlier this year, are considering revoking it for rural areas, such as long stretches between centres such as Katherine and Tennant Creek.

NT Attorney-General John Elferink, in Brisbane on Friday ahead of a meeting with other Australian counterparts, said it was a policy platform being discussed.

"We haven't ruled that out," he said.

"The open speed limits have been controversial but, in truth, we are a territory which enjoys certain liberties and freedoms.

"Nothing at all about an open speed limit says a person can drive dangerously.

"What it means is we trust drivers' judgments to drive in a safe manner suited to the road conditions."


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