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Thursday, 12 February 2015
Page: 610


Senator RYAN (VictoriaParliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Training) (13:10): I table a supplementary explanatory memorandum relating to the government amendment to this bill, and I move the government amendment:

(1) Schedule 1, item 83, page 60 (lines 30 and 31), omit the item, substitute:

83 Section 59

   Repeal the section, substitute:

59 Review of operation of this Act

(1) During the 3 months starting on the fifth anniversary of the commencement (the framework reform commencement)of Schedule 1 to the Acts and Instruments (Framework Reform) Act 2015, the Attorney-General must appoint persons to a body to review the operation of this Act.

(2) A person appointed to the body may resign from it by giving the Attorney-General a signed notice of resignation.

(3) The body must review all aspects of the operation of this Act and any related matters that the Attorney-General specifies.

(4) The body must give the Attorney-General a written report on the review within 15 months after the fifth anniversary of the framework reform commencement.

(5) The Attorney-General must cause the report to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 6 sitting days of the House after the Attorney-General receives the report.

This amendment inserts a new section 59 into the act. New section 59 requires that the operation of the act be reviewed five years after changes made by this bill commence. The amendment implements a recommendation of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee. The committee recommended that this house pass the bill subject to a recommendation that a review requirement be inserted, as is outlined in this amendment.