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STATUTE LAW REVISION BILL 2014

Madam Speaker, I move that the bill be now read a second time.

The main purpose of this bill is to make consequential amendments to various Northern Territory laws including updating superseded references, correcting typographical and grammatical errors, and omissions. None of the amendments contained in the bill constitute changes in government policies or programs.


The bill follows the general pattern of statute law revision bills in revising and correcting the laws of the Northern Territory in minor respects. The bill provides for a comprehensive statute law revision of acts and regulations including:


Administration and Probate Act, the Adult Guardianship Act

Advanced Personal Planning Act and Regulations

Associations Act and Regulations
the Building Regulations and Building (RBI and Fidelity Fund Schemes) Regulations

Bushfires Act and its Regulations

Carers Recognition Act

Commercial and Private Agency Licensing Act

Commercial Passengers (Road) Transport Act

Construction Contracts (Security of Payments) Act

Crimes at Sea Act

Cross-Border Justice Act

Darwin Port Corporation Act

Director of Public Prosecutions Act
Disability Services Act

Education (College and School Councils) Regulations

the Evidence Act

Firearms Regulations

Fisheries Regulations

Gaming Machine Act

Gene Technology (Northern Territory) Act

Health and Community Services Complaints Act

Health Practitioners Act

Housing Act

Interpretation Act, Law of Property Act

Legal Profession Act and Regulations

Local Government (Accounting) Regulations

Marine Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel) (Natural Uniform Legislation) Act

Mental Health and Related Services Act

Mineral Royalty Act, Misuse of Drugs Act, National Gas (Northern Territory) Act

Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority Act, Pastoral Land Act

Pearl Oyster Culture Industry Management Plan, Plumbers and Drainers Licensing Act

Police Administration Act, Private Hospitals Act

Public and Environmental Health Act

Public Trustee Act

Racing and Betting Act

Rail Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act

Serious Crime Control Regulations

Serious Sex Offenders Act

Stamp Duty Act
Status of Children Act

Surveillance Devices Act

Taxation Administration Act

Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act

Terrorism (Emergency) Powers Act

Traffic Regulations

Transplantation and Anatomy Act

Uncollected Goods Regulations

Unlawful Betting Act

Volatile Substance Abuse Prevention Act

Waste Management and Pollution Control Act

Waste Management and Pollution Control (Administration) Regulations

Worker’s Rehabilitation and Compensation Act.

Most of the amendments in the bill are generally self-explanatory. However, I draw your attention to some of the amendments.


regulation 39C(3) of the Building Regulations

regulation 14(1)(d)(i) of the Education (College and School Councils) Regulations

section 146(1) of the Gaming Machine Act

regulation 5(2)(b) of the Local Government (Accounting) Regulations, and

regulation 3 of the Advance Personal Planning Regulations

are all amended to include the Institute of Public Accountants in their definitions of ‘accountant’. The Institute of Public Accountants is already included in the
Associations Act, the Unit Titles (Management Modules) Regulations, and the Unit Titles Scheme (Management Modules) Regulations. These changes were made by the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 and it was suggested there should be consistency across the statute book.

As a professional body of accountants in Australia, membership of the Institute of Public Accountants is equivalent to that of other bodies referred to in the legislation, such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the CPA Australia.


The
Bushfires Act and Bushfires Regulations are amended to replace any reference to the Director with Chief Executive Officer. This reflects changes in administrative arrangements as the Director of the Parks and Wildlife Commission is no longer the appropriate office to have these powers. As such, the powers will be vested in the Chief Executive Officer of the agency administering the act.

Amendments to the
Crimes at Sea Act are based on amendments made to the corresponding Commonwealth and New South Wales crimes at sea legislation, including the repeal of Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967 Commonwealth.

The
National Gas (Northern Territory) Act and the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act are amended to reflect the renaming of the Commonwealth Petroleum Act and the Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act Commonwealth.

Further, the bill repeals the following laws which are redundant because the laws either relate to legislation which has been repealed or contain amending provisions that have been spent:


various amendment of Alice Springs (Control of Public Places) By-Laws

Care and Protection of Children (Children’s Services) Regulations 2009 and amending regulations

New Tax System Price Exploitation Code (Northern Territory) Act 1999

Petroleum Products Subsidy Ordinance 1965 and amending legislation, and

Sentencing of Juveniles (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act.

I commend the bill to honourable members and table a copy of the explanatory statement.


Debate adjourned.

 


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