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Explanatory material: Introduction

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Revision Bills

In April 2018 the Government presented to the House of Representatives the revision programme (under the Legislation Act 2012) for the 52nd Parliament.  This Bill is the second revision Bill to be prepared under the revision powers in that Act.  The purpose of revision Bills is to revise Acts to make them more accessible, readable, and easier to understand.

The Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO) is leading the work on this Bill in conjunction with the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE), which is the administering agency.

A revision Bill does not make policy changes.  Revision can change the form of the legislation but not its substantive legal effect.  However, section 31(2)(i) of the Legislation Act 2012 makes it clear that a revision Bill may “make minor amendments to clarify Parliament’s intent, or reconcile inconsistencies between provisions”.

The Partnership Law Bill revises the Partnership Act 1908 (the 1908 Act).  This Act is old and expressed in language that is out of date.  Revising the Act in a modern form will make it more accessible and reduce costs for individuals and partnerships.

Explanatory material

This explanatory material has four Parts.

Part 1 describes the revision process.

Part 2 provides context for some of the changes being made in this Bill.  It also contains particular questions to consider in your submission.

Part 3 shows where each provision of the 1908 Act can be found in the Bill.  The table also provides a summary of the nature of any change that has been made in each case. 

A small number of provisions have minor changes to legal effect (see Part 2 for further information).

Part 4 alerts you to matters that we know may require reform or amendment, but that fall outside the scope of the revision powers.  Although we are not asking for comments on these issues now, this revision process presented an opportunity to identify and record them.  However, our list is not exhaustive and we do invite comment on other issues in the 1908 Act that may need reform.

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