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medieval society to the 19th century, with the ownership or control of land upon which political power, wealth and social position then depended. The laws are fragmented and, in some cases, duplicated. There are significant gaps in the law in certain areas. In short, access to the conveyancing laws for the public and legal profession is poor. The laws do not serve the interests of the modern ACT community.

The program was undertaken as a step in the process of simplifying and bringing up to date ACT conveyancing laws. It was conducted under the ACT legislation review program. As a first stage, in 1996 the detailed review and restatement of the law was published and widely distributed. Subsequently, many of the recommendations in the report to remove archaic provisions have been actioned through a series of review laws. A partial codification has occurred around some of the provisions.

The bill takes the program to its final logical conclusion of stage one of the reform process, a single law that consolidates the provisions of the existing law. This meets the government’s objective of reducing fragmentation of the laws and reducing unnecessary complexity in the laws. It reduces confusion and uncertainty as to which laws apply in the territory and as to what the law is. It eliminates redundant, irrelevant and inappropriate legislation adopted or made on a piecemeal and often uncritical basis. Finally, it reduces archaic language and rationalises drafting styles and techniques.

Stage two will involve the reform of some of the law of property after wide consultation with the law society and the community, particularly the commercial and retail interests that may be affected by any reforms. The draft bill will be available for public comment for a period of three months. Comments should be directed to the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

ACT criminal justice statistical profile

Statement by member

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to draw attention to an error in relation to the paper about the ACT criminal justice statistical profile.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: The paper does not appear to have the even-numbered pages. For example, the data at the back only goes to March 2002.

Ms Gallagher: Mr Speaker, I will make sure that that is fixed up. It looks like it has not been photocopied properly. My apologies. Another one will be tabled.


Ms Gallagher, on behalf of Mr Stanhope, presented the following paper:

Cultural Facilities Corporation Act, pursuant to subsection 29(3)—Cultural Facilities Corporation—Quarterly report—Second quarter 2004-2005—1 October to 31 December 2004.

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