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Thursday, 16 November 1905


Senator KEATING (Tasmania) (Honorary Minister) . - For the purpose of making a verbal amendment, I move -

That the Bill be recommitted for the reconsideration of clause 3.

As the clause came to the Senate it contained a redundancy providing that with regard to all copies of Acts which have been amended, a reference should appear on the face of each copy to the amendments which have been inserted therein [by subsequent legislation. In order to overcome that difficulty, the -clause was amended last night to read as follows: -

There shall be printed upon the first page of every copy issued by the Government Printer of any Act which has before or after the commencement been amended a short reference to every Act by which it has been amended.

I desire the clause to be recommitted in order to substitute the word " reprint " for the word "copy." In its present form the clause would prevent the Government Printer from selling or issuing a print of an original Act after it had been amended. It would make it absolutely necessary that every copy of an original Act should1 bear in print the reference mentioned in the section. Obviously the object of the amendment which was made here last night was only to make every reprint of an Act after it had been amended bear that indication.


Senator Matheson - Why should the Government Printer issue an original Act after it has been amended ?


Senator KEATING - There may be a necessity for so doing. Last night I pointed out that a reprint, with the date of the amendment, will contain, the law as it stands, and there will be a reference either by marginal note or bv foot-note to the source of each section. If any person wishes to get all the enactments separately he may do so. For instance, after getting the reprint of an Act he mav want to get the original Act in its entirety, but under the- clause as it stands the Government Printer would be absolutely prevented from selling him a copy of it.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

In Committee(Recommittal) :

Clause 3 -

There shall be printed upon the first page of every copy issued by the Government Printer of any Act which has before or after the commencement of this Act been amended a short reference to every Act by which it has been amended.

Amendment "(by Senator Keating) proposed -

That the word " copy" be left out, with a view to insert in lieu thereof the word " reprint."







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