Bills Digest no. 82 2006–07
Statute Law Revision Bill
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Statute Law Revision
Bill (No.2) 2006
6 December 2006
Commencement dates for
Schedules 1 and 2 vary depending on the Acts being amended and
Schedules 3-5 commence on the day of Royal Assent.
Schedule 1 of
the Bill amends 18 principal Acts, Schedule 2 amends 13 amending
Acts, Schedule 3 repeals 17 obsolete Acts, Schedule 4 amends
obsolete terms and Schedule 5 removes gender specific language from
the Customs Act 1901.
Statute Law Revision Bills are traditionally
non-controversial and receive the support of the Parliament as they
are regarded as an essential tool in the process of keeping
orderly, accurate and up to date law Commonwealth Statute books.
All jurisdictions pass similar bills for the same purpose and
entail a constant review and monitoring of laws.
The main purpose is to amend drafting and
technical errors and to get rid of obsolete legislation and
language. These omnibus bills are never used or meant to be used to
make substantive change to the law. Both the
Minister s speech and the
Explanatory Memorandum reiterate this intention.
The Explanatory Memorandum states the Bill
will have no financial impact.
Due to the nature of this Bill it is not
necessary to give a detailed analysis of the provisions.
For example, items 27 41 make
various amendments to the Workplace Relations Act 1996 to
amend and change incorrect numbering of provisions, typographical
errors and wrong cross references in the Principal Act. Eventually
the Principal Act will be reprinted and practitioners and others
who frequently reference such laws will have the accurate
provisions in one place.
Schedule 3, Part 1 amends 15
Acts administered by the Minister for Transport and Regional
Services. Many of these Acts pertain to the Australian Capital
Territory and have become obsolete since the granting of
self-government to the ACT in 1989 by the passing of the
Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act
1989. None of the Acts being repealed have been the subject of
Commonwealth Parliament s attention since this time, but have been
repatriated to the control of the ACT Legislative Assembly.
Schedule 5, items 1-272 amend
the Customs Act 1901 to make the whole of the Act gender
neutral in accordance with Commonwealth practice to avoid the use
of gender-specific language. This is being done by adding her or
herself or she as the case may be, after each mention of the
masculine male pronoun. Under the paragraph 23(a) of the Acts
Interpretation Act 1901 in any Act, unless the contrary
intention appears, words importing a gender include every other
gender . However, the Government is still processing this reform
8 February 2007
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