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Friday, 10 December 1965

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) (Leader of the Opposition) . - by leave - Mr. Speaker, I think all honorable members will agree that the Commonwealth system of bringing acts up to date is the best in Australia. There is not the slightest doubt about this. The Commonwealth does a better job of reprinting its Acts and presenting them in amended form from Parliament to Parlaiment than is generally done in the States. The AttorneyGeneral (Mr. Snedden) has pointed out the difficulties encountered in having this work done. Those difficulties are associated with the problem of obtaining draftsmen, lawyers and other officers who can undertake this work. I suggest to the Minister that the Government should seriously consider increasing not only the numbers but also the salaries of the competent officers who assist the Government in this task. I refer to remuneration particularly because we should attract to the service of this Parliament the best brains we can get to help the Commonwealth Government. There is no doubt about the supreme importance of Commonwealth legislation compared to other legislation.

It is true that Commonwealth acts are readily available in pamphlet form but there is a good reason for making a complete reprint of acts from Parliament to Parliament or even from year to year. We shall need to reprint acts not only to make alterations consequent on the introduction of decimal currency. We also ought to make reprints because of vast changes that take place from Parliament to Parliament. The multiplicity of bills that we have passed in this Parliament will take a considerable time to incorporate in the printed records of the Parliament. I hope that the AttorneyGeneral will be able to secure more parliamentary draftsmen, and I hope he will be able to secure more lawyers in his own Department to bring these acts up to date. Inci dentally, and perhaps somewhat irrelevantly, 1 hope that the Government - I trust that the Attorney-General will be one of those who will assist me in this regard - will not take too much notice any longer of what the Public Service Board recommends in regard to the salary of " Hansard " reporters and all those other people who are so useful to us in the performance of our duties here.

Mr Wentworth - Mr. Speaker, I ask for leave to make a statement not exceeding three minutes on this subject.

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