Firearms Act 1977 (SA)
The Firearms Act 1977 (SA) is a principal Act which has been amended by a number of later Acts including the Firearms Amendment Act 1986, and the Statutes Amendment (References to Banks) Act 1997. The title of amending Acts do not always give direct reference to the principal Act which it amends, as an amending Act might easily amend a number of Acts. Such Acts are known as omnibus Acts.
The Civil Liability Act 1936 (SA) was previously called the Wrongs Act 1936 (SA), until it was amended by section 5 of the Law Reform (Ipp Recommendations) Act 2004 (SA).
|South Australian consolidations||Commonwealth consolidations|
|1837-1936 consolidation||1901-1911 consolidation|
|1937-1975 consolidation||1901-1935 consolidation|
|Short title||The short title of the Act usually appears on the title page of the Act, in addition to appearing in the text of the body of the Act itself. The short title is the Act title which is used to cite the Act.|
The long title states the purpose of the Act. So, for example, the long title of the Murray-Darling Basin Act 2008 (SA) is:
An Act to facilitate the operation of an agreement entered into between the Commonwealth, New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory to promote and co-ordinate effective planning and management for the equitable, efficient and sustainable use of the water and other natural resources of the Murray-Darling Basin; to make related amendments to the Development Act 1993, the Ground Water (Qualco-Sunlands) Control Act 2000, the Natural Resources Management Act 2004, the River Murray Act 2003 and the Waterworks Act 1932; to repeal the Murray-Darling Basin Act 1993; and for other purposes.
|Number||All Acts when they are passed by Parliament are numbered with a sequential number and the year of the Parliamentary session. This sessional number in turn helps us to find the Act as it was originally passed.
The Murray-Darling Basin Act 2008 (SA) is Act No 41, 1998. Which may be found in print form in the Law Library in the 2008 annual volume of South Australian statutes.
The Act number is not included when citing an Act.
|Sections||An Act is commonly divided into sections, which may sit within Parts and Divisions if the Act is particularly long. (See, eg, Native Title Act 1993 (Cth))|
|Interpretation||There is usually an interpretation section in an Act which defines terms used within the Act, and appears in a early section of the Act.|
Schedules to the Act are akin to Appendices to provide such detail as: