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Wednesday, 9 May 2018
Page: 3408


Mr KEENAN (StirlingMinister for Human Services and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Transformation) (11:13): I thank honourable members—I say 'honourable members', but it is one member in this case—for their contribution to the debate. The government takes its role of maintaining the integrity of the Commonwealth statute book seriously. While the Statute Update (Autumn 2018) Bill 2018 may seem a comparatively modest bill in scope, it nonetheless performs the important task of updating and improving the quality and accuracy of Commonwealth legislation. This bill makes minor and technical changes that are necessary to correct drafting and clerical mistakes, make technical improvements to legislation and repeal spent acts and provisions of acts. These amendments contribute to the government's regulatory reform agenda by improving the accuracy and usability of Commonwealth legislation. This bill was prepared on the initiative of the Office of Parliamentary Counsel. I would like to thank the office for its ongoing work in the area. I thank members for their support for the bill.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a second time.