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Wednesday, 2 November 1983
Page: 2258

Question No. 550


Mr Ruddock asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 21 September 1983:

(1) Is it the intention of the Government to establish a Law Reform (Imperial Acts) Ordinance for the Australian Capital Territory; if so, have drafting instructions for such an ordinance been completed.

(2) By what date is it anticipated that (a) a draft ordinance will be submitted to the Australian Capital Territory House of Assembly and (b) the ordinance will be proclaimed.


Mr Lionel Bowen —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) The Government does intend to make a Law Reform (Imperial Acts) Ordinance for the Australian Capital Territory and drafting instructions have been prepared. A consultant, Mr J. Monro, a former Second Parliamentary Counsel, has been appointed to undertake the task of implementing the Australian Capital Territory Law Reform Commission's Report on Imperial Acts in force in the Australian Capital Territory (on which the proposed ordinance will be based) and the Commission's complementary Report on the Review of New South Wales Acts in force in the Australian Capital Territory.

(2) (a) It is anticipated that a draft ordinance will be submitted to the Australian Capital Territory House of Assembly in the first half of next year. Priority is currently being given by Mr Monro to draft ordinances relating to New South Wales Acts in force in the Australian Capital Territory.

(b) The date of making of the Law Reform (Imperial Acts) Ordinance will depend on the time taken by the Australian Capital Territory House of Assembly, and other interested bodies in the Australian Capital Territory, to consider and comment on the draft ordinance.