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|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The main purpose of this bill is to make consequential amendments to various Northern Territory laws including updating superseded references, correcting typographical and grammatical errors, and omissions.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.
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