House of Representatives

Amending Acts 1990 to 1999 Repeal Bill 2015

Second Reading Speech

Dr Hendy (Assistant Minister for Productivity)

I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The Amending Acts 1990 to 1999 Repeal Bill 2015 is part of the government's 2015 Spring Repeal Day package.

This bill continues the government's efforts to streamline the statute book by removing 877 amending or repealing acts enacted between 1990 and 1999. This is the fourth in a series of amending acts repeal bills introduced by the government. Together, these four repeal bills will repeal over 3,500 amending acts made between 1901 and 1999.

The bill repeals each act mentioned in its schedule. The repeal of these acts will not alter existing arrangements or make any substantive change to the law. They are no longer required as the amendments and repeals that they provide for have already occurred.

At present, the acts proposed to be repealed by this bill are part of current law. Examined out of context, it may not be clear whether they have continuing effect beyond the amendments that they made.

Their repeal will make the statute book easier and more efficient to use.

If an application, saving or transitional provision is included in one of these acts, any ongoing operation of the provision will be preserved. The acts do not contain any other substantive provisions with ongoing effect.

People with a specific interest in the text of these spent acts will still be able to access them on ComLaw, but they will be clearly marked as 'repealed'.