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Inquiry into the Legislative Instruments Bill 1994

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House o f Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs


Daryl Melham MP

Deputy Chair Alan Cadman MP


Hon Michael Duffy MP Hon Wendy Fatin MP Hon Clyde Holding MP Mark Latham MP

Christopher Pyne MP R t Hon Ian Sinclair MP Peter Slipper MP Hon Peter Staples MP

Lindsay Tanner MP Daryl Williams AM QC MP

Correspondence and inquiries to:

The Committee Secretary House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

Parliament House CANBERRA ACT 2600

Tel: (06) 277 2358 Fax: (06) 277 4773

October 1994



The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, chaired by Daryl Melham MP, is conducting an inquiry on this bill. The Committee will table its report on 9 February 1995.

The Legislative Instruments Bill establishes a new regime for subordinate legislation - sometimes called secondary or delegated legislation, which includes regulations and other instruments prepared by departments under particular Acts. A great deal of the detail of laws is included in secondary legislation, but

it has been difficult to get up-to-date information on this body of legislation. The Legislative Instruments Bill 1994 will improve parliamentary scrutiny of and public access to secondary legislation.

The Committee held a public hearing on the Bill on 13 December 1994. The second public hearing will be held in


9.00 am, THURSDAY 19 JANUARY 1995

Witnesses will include Professor Lindsay Curtis, Mr Victor Perton (MLA) and representatives from the Attorney-General's Department and the Departments of Human Services and Health, Industry, Science and Technology and Immigration and Ethnic Affairs.

For comment, call Daryl Melham MP on (06) 277 2054. For background call Michael Wright on (06) 277 4618.

Canberra, 18 January 1995.