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Tuesday, 17 March 1987
Page: 920


Mr LIONEL BOWEN (Attorney-General)(5.10) —I will not repeat what has previously been said. The Schedule really defines a number of Commonwealth Acts which are deemed to be specialist Federal jurisdiction. It just identifies them, clearly indicating whether they are in the copyright area, the electoral area or the bankruptcy area. In accordance with the arrangement, obvious Federal elements-not only elements, but the complete aspect of the matters-will be dealt with in the Federal jurisdiction. So the Schedule merely adds weight to the thrust of what the whole cross-vesting procedure is about and avoids any misunderstanding as to what particular Acts might be considered to be of some uncertainty. This happens in some areas of contract law which are involved with trade practices. But this legislation clearly identifies areas where the Federal jurisdiction is deemed to be exclusive and has been recognised as such because of the nature of the legislation itself.

Schedule agreed to.

Remainder of Bill-by leave-taken as a whole, and agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments; report-by leave-adopted.