Statutes Repeal Bill- Committee Stage- Clause 4 – Video 4

Statutes Repeal Bill- Committee Stage- Clause 4 – Video 4

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opportunity mr. chair Perkins I just want to make a brief through the contribution to this debate because I was again somewhat surprised when I looked at part two of schedule 3 s or part here part 2 of schedule 3 and which includes consequential revocation of regulations and it revokes a number of regulations made by order and council and the thing that surprised me about that is why we needed primary legislation in order to revoke legislations that have been made without legislation so these are regulations that have been made by order and council so by by ministers and therefore why are we revoking them by way of legislation surely they could be revoked without the need to resort to legislation and it seems to me that the the genesis of this bill is repealing unused statutes and the justification was the productivity commission’s report that the law needs to be tidied up in that we need to reduce the amount of unnecessary legislation we have so what’s the point of passing legislation that as part of this bill that we don’t actually need and it seems to me that revoking regulations by way of an act of parliament when those regulations could be simply revoked by ministers signing a piece of paper to revoke them that seems to me to be their very mischief that this bill is designed to remediate which is that we don’t want a whole lot of unnecessary laws either on the books of the house or passing through the house and so Pat – I’d be very interested in the explanation from the minister as to why these regulations are being revoked by a bill or an act of Parliament rather than simply ministers using the prerogative that they have and to be able to revoke well it’s not actually a prerogative that they have the prerogative that the governor-general has on their advice to simply revoke these by way of order and council because it seems to me that that would be a much more sensible way of progressing their matter unless there is a good reason why that being dealt with through primary legislation but I certainly can’t see from my reading of the act why there might be clear current and so I am

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