House of Representatives

Parliamentary Counsel and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012

Explanatory Memorandum

(Circulated by authority of the Attorney-General, the Honourable Nicola Roxon, MP)

Notes on clauses

Clause 1 Short title

1. This clause provides that the Bill once enacted would be cited as the Parliamentary Counsel and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2012.

Clause 2 Commencement

2. This clause provides for the commencement of the Act.

3. There are two commencement dates for the provisions in the Bill:

item 1 provides that the formal clauses at the beginning of the Bill commence on Royal Assent, which is the standard approach for most Bills, and
item 2 provides that the substantive provisions at Schedules 1 and 2 of the Bill, that give effect to and reflect the transfer of OLDP to OPC, are to commence on a date to be determined by proclamation but no later than 6 months after Royal Assent. The provision for a date by proclamation allows some flexibility to ensure that all arrangements to give effect to the transfer are in place when the amendments come into force. The 6 month limit is standard for Commonwealth Bills and ensures that Parliament's intent, if it passes this law, is given effect to within a finite time period.

4. The note at the end of the table explains that the table relates only to the provisions of the Act as originally enacted. The table will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of the Act.

5. Subclause 2(2) provides that any information in column 3 of the table is not part of the Act. It also clarifies that information may be edited or inserted in column 3 in any published version of the Act.

Clause 3 Schedule(s)

6. This clause provides that the Schedules to the Bill will amend the Acts set out in those Schedules in accordance with the provisions set out in each Schedule.

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