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Wednesday, 20 February 1980
Page: 156

Mr VINER (Stirling) (Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs) -in reply- In response to the remarks of the honourable member for Lyne (Mr Lucock), I mention that this Bill and the others which will follow it have been through all the party procedures of honourable members on this side of the House. They have been examined by the party committees and they have observed the necessity for the legislation. As I pointed out in my second reading speech, the Bill seeks to amend the Acts Interpretation Amendment Bill to accommodate the necessary technical alteration in the printing of Bills. This Bill amends sub-section 13 (3) so that section headings and endnotes shall not be taken to be part of an Act in exactly the same way as marginal notes and footnotes are now not taken to be part of an Act.

As the Opposition in the Senate recognised the merit of and necessity for this Bill, I expected the Opposition in this House to recognise it. As to the introduction of computerised phototypesetting, I understand that it has been in operation at the Government Printing Office for quite some time in the printing of other material. All necessary arrangements have been made to use this method in the printing of Bills and all that is required is the passing of this legislation to enable the modernisation to be carried forward from the printing of other material to the printing of Acts of Parliament.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a third time.

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