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Thursday, 13 August 2009
Page: 4953

Senator Minchin asked the Minister representing the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, upon notice, on 10 June 2009:

(1)   How many and which: (a) Acts; and (b) legislative instruments, including select legislative instruments, statutory rules and regulations, are administered within the Minister’s portfolio.

(2)   With reference to the ‘clean-up’ of redundant and potentially-redundant regulations being coordinated by the Department of Finance and Deregulation, which Acts or legislative instruments have been identified as redundant or potentially-redundant and why.

Senator Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy) —The Minister for Finance and Deregulation has supplied the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   I am advised that the Minister representing the Attorney-General will provide in her answer a complete list of legislative instruments and Acts broken down by portfolio.

(2)   The Department of Finance and Deregulation has recently coordinated the introduction of a Bill, the Statute Stocktake (Regulatory and Other Laws) Bill 2009, to amend or repeal almost 30 Acts where the provisions no longer have any function or purpose. In relation to redundant regulations and potentially redundant regulations which have not yet been removed, advice relating to these groups cannot be provided at this point in time as the instruments are still subject to policy, legal and other considerations.