The days of Australians being able to seize the property of Germans to repay the debts of World War I are finally over.
Almost 83 years after the guns fell silent on the Western Front, the battle opened by then prime minister Billy Hughes against the German empire has been concluded by a bunch of bureaucrats cleaning up Australia's legislative wasteland.
The Federal Government began a review of so-called subordinate legislation more than a year ago in a bid to clean up laws and regulations that sit on the statute books but which are never used.
One of those included the legislative response of the Hughes government to the Treaty of Versailles.
Mr Hughes, who was heavily involved in the Treaty of Versailles which forced Germany to repay war debts to the Allies including Australia, argued when he introduced a Bill in October 1919 of its necessity.
"The powers sought under this Bill are urgently necessary in order to enable the provisions of the peace treaty to be carried out in the Commonwealth, and to complete action already taken by the Commonwealth during the war in relation to enemy property and interests," he said.
Now in 2011, however, the Government believes the key elements of that Bill - enabling a "controller" to seize German assets both in Australia and Papua New Guinea - are no longer necessary. It also means that British subjects, at the time which meant all Australians but today means something else, also cannot lay claim to property owned by a German national.
Also on the legislative chopping block are a set of regulations that govern the conduct and practices of banks owned and operated by the Federal government.
A law governing the ombudsman set up to help in the transition of the Northern Territory to self-government, which occurred in 1978 and 1979, will also go.Deregulation Minister Nick Sherry said almost 11,500 regulations and legislative instruments had been reviewed.
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