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T h e A t t o r n e y - G e n e r a l s a i d b o t h a p p o i n t m e n t s w e r e

f o r t h r e e y e a r s .

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N E W M E A S U R E S F O R P U B L I C A T I O N O F L A W S

T h e A t t o r n e y - G e n e r a l , S e n a t o r P e t e r D u r a c k , Q . C . ,

t o d a y a n n o u n c e d n e w p r o c e d u r e s t o e n s u r e t h a t u p - t o - d a t e

p r i n t e d c o p i e s o f C o m m o n w e a l t h a n d T e r r i t o r y l e g i s l a t i o n a r e

r e a d i l y a v a i l a b l e t o a l l w h o r e q u i r e t h e m .

T h e n e w s y s t e m w i l l g i v e p e o p l e f a r b e t t e r a c c e s s

t o C o m m o n w e a l t h a n d T e r r i t o r y la.ws.

S e n a t o r D u r a c k s a i d t h e G o v e r n m e n t h a d d e c i d e d

t h a t i n f u t u r e g e n e r a l r e p r i n t s o f C o m m o n w e a l t h a n d

T e r r i t o r y l e g i s l a t i o n w o u l d b e p u b l i s h e d i n t h e f o r m o f

c o m p l e t e s e t s o f s e p a r a t e p a m p h l e t s t o b e a r r a n g e d

a l p h a b e t i c a l l y i n s p e c i a l l y d e s i g n e d b i n d e r s . T h e p a m p h l e t s

w i l l b e s p e c i a l l y d e s i g n e d a n d p r i n t e d t o f i t t h e b i n d e r s .

U n d e r t h e s y s t e m , a r e p l a c e m e n t c o p y i n c o r p o r a t i n g

a m e n d m e n t s w i l l b e r e p r i n t e d i n p a m p h l e t f o r m e a c h t i m e a n

i t e m o f l e g i s l a t i o n i s a m e n d e d i n a s u b s t a n t i a l w a y . W h e n

i n s e r t e d i n t h e b i n d e r s , t h e u p - t o - d a t e l e g i s l a t i o n w i l l

i m m e d i a t e l y b e c o m e p a r t o f t h e c o m p l e t e w o r k i n g s e t o f

l e g i s l a t i o n . .

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Amending legislation not yet incorporated in ..a

pamphlet reprint will be placed in the binders immediately

following the legislation amended. New principal legislation

will also be placed in the binders in its alphabetical

place. Thus a set of binders containing Commonwealth Acts,

Commonwealth Statutory Rules and Ordinances and Regulations

will have a complete set of legislation concerned as

currently in force.

The new system will also make it easier for people

to obtain particular laws in which they are interested

without having to purchase a complete set of volumes or a

complete set of pamphlets.

Senator Durack said the new system was being

introduced following an investigation by the Joint

Parliamentary Committee on Publications into the publication

of Commonwealth and Territory legislation.

He said the new pamphlet reprint system would

replace the bound general reprints of Commonwealth and

Territory legislation previously produced. However, bound

annual valumes would continue to be published as the

permanent historical record of Commonwealth and Territory

legislation to supplement the pamphlet reprints.

The Attorney-General said that the last bound

general reprint of the Commonwealth Acts had included all

the Acts as in force at the end of 1973. Although such a

general reprint provided a record of the law as it stood at

a given time, it quickly became out of date and needed to be

reprinted regularly in up-to-date form. ·

Preparation and printing of such a bound general

reprint was a costly and time consuming exercise, as many of

the items or legislation which appeared in subsequent

general reprints did not need to be altered from the form in

which they appeared in the superseded volumes. This added

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greatly to the overall cost that users had to pay for a

bound general reprint. .

Senator Durack said the pamphlet system of

reprinting was now used or proposed to 'be used in most of

the Australian States. The Law Council of Australia

indicated that it favoured a separate pamphlet reprinting

system. A pamphlet reprinting system was also in use in the

United Kingdom.

It was proposed to commence the separate pamphlet

reprinting system with the production of A.C.T. Ordinances

and Regulations. W h i l e .the A.C.T. laws are being published,

work will begin on producing up-to-date pamphlet reprints of

Commonwealth Acts and Commonwealth Statutory Rules.

Initially, these pamphlets will be produced to order of

priority of need to make up a basic set. Others will then be

produced to complete the sets..It will take about two years

to produce a complete set.

Senator Durack said regularly produced companion

tables booklets, with monthly supplements, will show what

has been reprinted, the dates of reprints and details of

amendments.

The Attorney-General said that when a set of

legislation was ready for production in the new pamphlet

reprint form, the Australian Government Publishing Service

would call for . subscriptions for the complete set of

legislation. Subscribers would then be sent the complete set

of legislation over a specified period. Once· the initial set

had been completed, it would be self-renewing because

replacement pamphlets incorporating the latest amendments,

and current legislation as enacted, would be sent regularly

to persons who subscribed to these services.

Canberra

22 February 1979

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