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Thursday, 13 May 2004
Page: 23253


Senator HARRADINE (1:21 PM) —I cannot take the matter any further than that. I go to another question, which I think the parliamentary secretary answered in her second reading speech, concerning item 15 of the schedule. The explanatory memorandum states:

This item repeals the Schedule to the Act which contains an out-of-date version of the National Classification Code.

I have a couple of questions: if it contains an outdated version of the National Classification Code, an up-to-date version of the Classification Code could be incorporated in this legislation. Why not do it that way so that the National Classification Code is included in the legislation? Furthermore, if this legislation goes through unamended—and I understand that you cannot have an outdated classification code remaining in the legislation; the simple way to do it would be to put the up-to-date code in there—and there are amendments to the National Classification Code, what is the legal effect of the National Classification Code not being in this legislation? How will amendments to the National Classification Code be dealt with? Will they be dealt with by gazettal or by amendment to the legislation? Could we have some clarification on that before we vote for the excision of the National Classification Code from the legislation?