Explanatory Memorandum(Circulated by authority of the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC)
The main purpose of this Bill is to repeal spent amending and repeal Acts (which will result in the repeal of over 870 Acts).
Repeal of the Acts is desirable because it will reduce the regulatory burden and make accessing the law simpler for both businesses and individuals. It will also facilitate the publication of consolidated versions of Acts by the Commonwealth and by private publishers of legislation.
This Bill does not deal with the repeal of Acts enacted after 1999. Amending Acts enacted after 1999 will be repealed separately at a later date.
In all cases, the repeal of the Acts will not substantially alter existing arrangements or make any change to the substance of the law. The Acts will remain publicly accessible on ComLaw as historical records.
Financial impact statement
This Bill will have no financial impact.