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Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Page: 3200

Mr BRADBURY (LindsayAssistant Treasurer and Minister Assisting for Deregulation) (10:15): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The Statute Stocktake (Appropriations) Bill 2013 is the sixth Statute Stocktake Bill since 1998, and follows the Statute Stocktake (Appropriations) Act (No. 1) 2012. It forms part of an ongoing process to clean up the statute book by repealing legislation that is redundant, or would be better addressed in up-to-date legislation.

The bill does not appropriate any money. Rather, the bill will repeal 84 annual Appropriation Acts from 1 July 1999 to 30 June 2010.

Those acts encompass:

28 old acts for the ordinary annual services of the government;

28 old acts other than for the ordinary annual services of the government;

15 old acts for the operations of parliamentary departments; and

13 old acts in relation to supplementary estimate appropriations.

This bill will also allow the repeal of numerous subsidiary laws, connected to these old Appropriation Acts, consistent with the government's deregulation agenda.

No agency will be denied access to appropriations from this bill, to the extent that old appropriation amounts may potentially need to be re-appropriated through other processes.

This bill was foreshadowed last year, when parliament passed the Statute Stocktake (Appropriations) Act (No. 1) 2012. That act repealed acts from 1984 until 1999 inclusive, covering:

93 annual Appropriation Acts;

35 Supply Acts; and

three acts containing redundant special appropriations from the Treasury portfolio.

The government will continue to review Appropriation Acts as part of its deregulation agenda to determine whether further appropriations are redundant and can be repealed.

I commend the bill to the House.

Debate adjourned.