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Thursday, 27 June 2002
Page: 4543


Dr STONE (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage) (10:06 AM) —I thank the Member for Barton in articulating the opposition's very strong support for the Jurisdiction of Courts Legislation Amendment Bill 2002. It is a very timely and excellent new piece of legislation with the amendments that it presents today.

The Jurisdiction of Courts Legislation Amendment Bill 2002 amends the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 and the Judiciary Act 1903 to allow the Australian Capital Territory to establish an ACT Court of Appeal. It is appropriate for the ACT to establish an appeal court with the consequent removal of the appellant jurisdiction of the Federal Court. The bill also amends the Federal Court Act to abolish the redundant Office of Judicial Registrar and makes some change to the practices and procedures of the Federal Court that will improve the efficiency of the court. Again, I thank all of the honourable members who have contributed to the debate on this important bill.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.