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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4564

Mr Enderby asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that a consolidation of Commonwealth Acts has not been published since 31st December 1950, nearly 21 years ago.

(2)   If so, how many, Commonwealth statutes have been enacted since that date.

(3)   Can the Attorney-General say whether the 21-year delay in the publication pf a consolidation results in wasted time, wasted work and increased legal costs.

(4)   When will an up-to-date consolidation of Commonwealth Acts be published.

(5)   If the problem is one that has been handedover to outside contractors or publishers and the neglect is theirs, will the Attorney-General take immediate steps to make other arrangements.

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) en - The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question: -

(1)   The last bound general reprint of Commonwealth Acts was published as at 31st December 1950. Since then, however, reprints in pamphlet form incorporating all amendments to the date of reprinting have been issued from time to time for most Acts in common use. Twenty-eight reprints of Acts have been published so far this year and the total number available is about 170. If a complete set of reprints of Acts is maintained in alphabetical order, there is little occasion to refer to the 1901-1950 bound reprint. It is thought by some members of the legal profession that pamphlet reprints are more useful than complete reprints in the form of bound volumes, since the pamphlet reprints can more easily be kept uptodate than complete bound reprints, which necessarily can only be produced at intervals.

(2)   2,218 (to 30th June 1971).

(3)   No.

(4)   On 9th November last, I gave the following answer to a similar question asked in the Senate:

I have recently considered the question whether a general reprint of Commonwealth Acts should be undertaken, and have determined thai work should be put in hand towards the production of such a reprint.

The drafting and enactment of a Statute Law Revision Bill, which reduces considerably the overall size of a reprint by, repealing Acts and portions of Acts the operation of which is exhausted and makes necessary amendments of a non-contentious nature, is desirable before a general reprint is undertaken. Such a Bill is usually enacted towards the end of a year's sittings and becomes the last Act of the year, so that Acts passed earlier in the year can if necessary be dealt with in the Bill. An officer of the Office of Parliamentary Counsel is already engaged in the preparation of a Statute Law Revision Bill, but the drafting and settlement of such a Bill in consultation with the departments that administer Commonwealth Acts will necessarily take a substantial period.'

(5)   The problem has not been so handed over.

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