Legislation Act 2003

Chapter 1 - Introduction  

Part 1 - Preliminary  

SECTION 6   Definitions of rule-maker and responsible person  


In this Act, rule-maker , for an instrument, means:

(a) for an instrument made by the Governor-General that is made under enabling legislation (whether or not it may also be made under any other power) - the Minister currently responsible for administering the provision of the enabling legislation under which the instrument is made; or

(b) for an instrument made by the Governor-General, in any other case - the Prime Minister, or a Minister prescribed by regulation for the purposes of this paragraph; or

(c) for an instrument made by a person other than the Governor-General - a person currently authorised to make the instrument. Responsible persons

In this Act, responsible person means:

(a) for an Act or a provision of an Act - the Minister currently responsible for administering the Act or provision; or

(b) for an instrument - the rule-maker for the instrument.

If more than one Minister is currently responsible for administering an Act, or a provision of an Act:

(a) each of those Ministers is a responsible person for the Act or provision (as the case may be); and

(b) the performance of a function or duty under this Act (in relation to the Act or provision administered) by any of the Ministers discharges the function or duty.


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