Explanatory Memorandum(Circulated by authority of the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC)
The main purposes of this Bill are to:
- correct technical errors that have occurred in laws as a result of drafting and clerical mistakes (see Schedules 1 and 2); and
- make clear on the face of an Act that the Crown in right of the Australian Capital Territory and of the Northern Territory is bound and modernise the form of its provision about whether the Crown is liable to be prosecuted for an offence (see Schedule 3); and
- modernise language by replacing references to "guilty of an offence" with references to "commits an offence" and replacing references to "reference base" with "index reference period" (see Schedules 4 and 5); and
- repeal spent and obsolete provisions, which will result in the repeal of approximately 37 pages of spent and obsolete provisions (see Schedule 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.