Bills Digest no. 78 2005–06
Statute Law Revision Bill
(No. 2) 2005
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Revision Bill (No. 2)
The Bill amends 33 Acts to
correct minor technical and drafting errors and misdescribed
amendments, and repeals 27 obsolete Acts that have no current or
internationally, statute law revision bills have become an integral
part of the maintenance of statute books. These Bills are
to ensure that the statute book is of the highest
standard possible, and
to enhance the regulatory framework s transparency and
Both aspects are fundamental to guaranteeing a working legal
system under the rule of law. According to the
Explanatory Memorandum, the Bill will assist this by
facilitating the publication of consolidated versions of Acts by
the Attorney-General s Department and by private publishers of
Since the introduction of the inaugural Statute Revision
legislation in 1981, similar revision legislation has found broad
support in the Parliament.(2)
Due to the nature of the amendments proposed by this Bill, it is
neither useful nor necessary to analyse them individually or in
The Bill has three schedules:
Schedule 1 amends 14 principal
Acts and is mainly concerned with minor clerical and drafting
errors. For example, item 8 of Schedule 1 corrects
an error in s. 116AB of the Copyright Act 1968, which
currently contains two subparagraphs numbered (i). The item
corrects this so the subparagraphs are numbered (i) and (ii).
The commencement of each item in Schedule 1
(other than items commencing on Royal Assent) is tied to the
commencement of the provision that contains the
Schedule 2 amends
misdescriptions and cross-referencing errors in 19 amending Acts.
The commencement date of each item has been chosen so that the
correction of the misdescription is taken to have occurred
immediately after the commencement of the misdescribed item in the
Schedule 3 repeals 27 obsolete Acts.
According to the
Explanatory Memorandum, none of the amendments proposed by the
Bill will make any change to the substance of the
Explanatory Memorandum to the Statute Law Revision Bill
2005, p. 1.
R. Bell, Statute Law Revision Bill 2002 , Bills
Digest, no. 150, Parliamentary Library, Canberra, 2001 2,
pp. 1 2.
Each provision, and the reason for amending it, can be found in
Explanatory Memorandum, op. cit., p. 2.
ibid., p. 1.
10 January 2006
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