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Racial Discrimination Amendment Act 1983

Authoritative Version
  • - C2004A02755
  • No longer in force
Act No. 38 of 1983 as made
An Act to amend the Racial Discrimination Act 1975
Administered by: Attorney-General's
Date of Assent 19 Jun 1983
Date of repeal 10 Dec 2015
Repealed by Amending Acts 1980 to 1989 Repeal Act 2015

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Racial Discrimination Amendment Act 1983

No. 38 of 1983

 

An Act to amend the Racial Discrimination Act 1975

[Assented to 19 June 1983]

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen, and the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, as follows:

Short title, &c.

1. (1) This Act may be cited as the Racial Discrimination Amendment Act 1983.

(2) The Racial Discrimination Act 19751 is in this Act referred to as the Principal Act.

Commencement

2. This Act shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3. After section 6 of the Principal Act the following section is inserted:

Operation of State and Territory laws

“6a. (1) This Act is not intended, and shall be deemed never to have been intended, to exclude or limit the operation of a law of a State or Territory that furthers the objects of the Convention and is capable of operating concurrently with this Act.


 

“(2) Where—

(a) a law of a State or Territory that furthers the objects of the Convention deals with a matter dealt with by this Act; and

(b) a person has, whether before or after the commencement of this section, made a complaint, instituted a proceeding or taken any other action under that law in respect of an act or omission in respect of which he would, but for this sub-section, have been entitled to make a complaint under this Act,

the person shall be deemed never to have been, and is not, entitled to make a complaint or institute a proceeding under this Act in respect of that act or omission and any proceedings pending under this Act at the commencement of this section in respect of such a complaint made before that commencement are, by force of this sub-section, terminated.

“(3) Where—

(a) a law of a State or Territory that furthers the objects of the Convention deals with a matter dealt with by this Act; and

(b) an act or omission by a person that constitutes an offence against that law also constitutes an offence against this Act,

the person may be prosecuted and convicted either under that law of the State or Territory or under this Act, but nothing in this sub-section renders a person liable to be punished more than once in respect of the same act or omission.”.

 

NOTE

1. No. 52, 1975, as amended. For previous amendments, see No. 91, 1976; and No. 18, 1980 (as amended by No. 25, 1981).