Statutes Repeal Bill- Third Reading – Video 1

Statutes Repeal Bill- Third Reading – Video 1

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Stan’s referred to the regulations review committee call on government order of the day number three statutes repeal bill third reading the Honorable Paul Goldsmith mr. Speaker I move that the statutes repeal bill be now read a third time this bill repeals or partially repeals 137 acts that are no longer needed this is because they no longer have any actual effect have very limited effect or designed to achieve regulatory outcomes that are no longer relevant mr. speaker by removing some unnecessary legislation from the statute book this bill is a small part of this government’s work to improve the regulatory environment in New Zealand government signaled this work in its response to the Productivity Commission a report on regulatory institutions and practices after the bill receives Royal Assent the legislation listed in schedules one and three of the bill will be gone this bill contains the self repeal clause unlike the last repeal bill the statutes repeal bill 1907 which this act also repeals there will be no need for future acts to repeal this bill once it’s done its work during the committee stage debate members asked about the effect of repealing other appeal acts I would remind the members of the rule in our interpretation act 1999 which provides that the repeal of an enactment does not revive an earlier repealed enactment mr. speaker the act the acts repealed by this bill vary substantially in their original purpose in our interesting reminder of the types of activities regulated throughout New Zealand history for example this repeal this bill repeals the post office Act repeal Act not that long ago the post post office Act regulated the postal market in New Zealand and the New Zealand Post had a monopoly on the delivery of the standard letter this changed in 1998 with the deregulation of the postal market under the post postal services Act another example of notice the Wheat Board Amendment Act 1986 which dissolved the New Zealand wheat ward prior to this New Zealand Wheat Board had complete control of the purchase and sale of wheat and flour New Zealand including quantitative control of all imports of wheat the bill also repeals some latent legislation the term latent is used to describe acts that were once a pass but which did not yet had work but which have not yet been bought into into force in other words laws that are in legal limbo this is needed where New Zealand is waiting to ratify certain international instruments or certain prerequisite steps have been completed first or other related reforms or technological changes need to happen first sometimes policy changes mean this legislation is no longer leade ‘add mr. speaker the latent legislation been repealed in this bill includes the forests amendments at 1996 and latent sections of the first Fisheries Act 1996 which are no longer required repealing this latent legislation will increase certainty for those who are potentially impacted my colleague the Attorney General Christopher Finlayson Wrigley regularly regularly reviews latent legislation to see if it can be brought into force or repeals he receives a list of this legislation to Parliament each year mr. speaker this bill has been through substantial consultation which is the appropriate process for any repeal bill this has been youthful useful both in finding additional extra repeal and in ensuring that no repeals in the bill have had unintended consequences the exposure draft of the bill was publicly released in late 2015 and responses helped the government thoroughly consider the bill before its introduction one submitter expressed concern about the repeal of the sentencing council act 2007 through our statutes repeal bill suggesting that the decision not to establish the sentencing council appears to be a serious constitutional matter mr. speaker the sentencing council act does not require the sentencing council to be established by a particular date of select will the Select Committee noted in his commentary that it received advice that the regulatory outcome of the sentencing council act is not relevant because the sentencing council had not been established the government an hour publicly some years ago its intention to repeal the legislation Parliament has been free since the ex commitments to scrutinize the government’s actions and intentions in regard to the act including through questions and ministers and scrutiny of appropriations and expenditure while a separate repeal bill for the sentencing Council would allow more parliamentary time to be devoted to looking at this particular aspect of the bill it would result in substantially more use of Parliament’s resources and further delay it should create uncertainty for the legal community and others another question raised in the debate at the committee stage is whether the repeal and this bill covers every piece of redundant legislation in New Zealand well of course it does not mr. speaker it has not been possible to research every piece of legislation there over 1900 acts and force and New Zealand many which will be redundant as more x outlived their original purpose statute repeal bills are periodically advanced in the UK to repeal obsolete and redundant laws there this will not be the last in New Zealand repealing redundant laws is just one part of the wider work we’re doing to improve the quality of law in this country departments have religious of the stewardship responsibilities that require them to search and review their legislation to keep it current working departments and agencies on this parliamentary council office is committed to promoting high quality legislation that’s easy to find under standard use Government’s revision build program as part of the work as part of that work and this program through this program old scattered Lords are put into accessible and up-to-date form and redundant provisions have found and repealed so in conclusion Mr Speaker I do want to thank everyone who’s been involved in the process including members of parliament and particularly the members of the government administration committee the previous minister for regulatory reforms – even Joyce the attorney-general and those member of the pub of the public who’ve made submissions on this bill it’s been available exercise and trimming down New Zealand’s body of legislation I had thanked the committee and I do think the committee making it more up-to-date and fit to purpose Mr Speaker I do commend this bill to the house equip mcquigg the question is at the motion be greeted Chris upcoming mr. speaker i’m absolute

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