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Friday, 10 December 1965

Mr WENTWORTH (Mackellar) - by leave - I think that perhaps the Commonwealth Government is accepting too low a standard in this matter. It is a good thing to have a reprint qf our acts to date, but surely it is essential, and should be the normal thing, that when an amending act is passed by the Parliament an incorporated act should be available in print within 30 days. Too often during this session we have had to deal with amending acts which required knowledge of a pakapoo ticket in order to know what we were doing because the acts had not been consolidated. I believe that once we get this in order the mechanical operation of having a consolidated act always published within 30 days after an amending act has been passed by the Parliament is not beyond the capacity of the Public Service to achieve. I think we have been accepting too low a standard, and I ask the Attorney-General (Mr. Snedden) to have another look at this and, after he has succeeded in getting a complete set of acts up to date, to accept also the proposition that when an amending act is passed by the Parliament, within 30 days a consolidated act will be available to the public.

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