Explanatory Memorandum(Circulated by authority of the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC)
General outline and financial impact statement
The main purposes of this Bill are to:
- correct technical errors that have occurred in Acts as a result of drafting and clerical mistakes (see Schedules 1 and 2); and
- modernise language by replacing references to servants with references to employees and by removing gender-specific language (see Schedule 3); and
- improve the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 by better signposting definitions and making technical corrections (see Schedule 4); and
- repeal spent and obsolete provisions and Acts, which will result in the repeal of approximately 30 pages of spent and obsolete provisions, including 3 spent Acts (see Schedules 5 and 6).
The corrections and repeals are desirable in order to improve the quality of the text of Commonwealth legislation and to reduce the regulatory burden by making the statute book clearer and more efficient to use. They facilitate the publication of consolidated versions of Acts by the Commonwealth and by private publishers of legislation.
None of the corrections makes any change to the substance of the law.
Financial impact statement
This Bill will have no financial impact.