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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 2322..


STATUTE LAW REVISION BILL 1995

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (11.09): Mr Speaker, I present the Statute Law Revision Bill 1995, together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

It is usual for one or two Statute Law Revision Bills to be made each year for the purpose of correcting errors and making minor technical changes to legislation. It is inevitable that such matters arise over time. In particular, the 1995 Bill updates references to companies legislation. The Corporations Law regulates the formation and conduct of companies in the ACT. However, ACT legislation contains a number of references to earlier legislation on this matter. In updating the references it is necessary to also make the language of ACT legislation consistent with that of the Corporations Law.

The Bill also amends cross-references to the Magistrates Court (Civil Jurisdiction) Act 1982. That Act was renumbered last year, with the result that cross-references to it in a number of other laws require adjustment. Finally, Mr Speaker, amendments are made to correct minor errors, simplify expressions to make it consistent with current drafting practice and remove sexist language.

Mr Speaker, I want to indicate to the Assembly that I am also in the process of preparing a proposal for a Reprints Act in the Territory. The effect of the legislation, if it is supported and enacted by the Assembly, would be that many of the minor matters dealt with in legislation of this kind - purely technical matters which could be dealt with equally well by a printer as by the Assembly as a whole - will be dealt with in that way. The legislation will be modelled on legislation in use in Queensland for a number of years which provides for that automatic reprint capacity. I commend this Bill to the house.

Debate (on motion by Mr Connolly) adjourned.

LAND TITLES (AMENDMENT) BILL 1995

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (11.11): Mr Speaker, I present the Land Titles (Amendment) Bill 1995, together with its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR HUMPHRIES: I move:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.


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