The Victorian authorities have already toughened laws regarding certain dog breeds and any American pitbull terrier not registered by its owner by the end of this month will be destroyed.
While the new laws apply only in Victoria, national Attorney-General Robert has indicated that he would apply similar legislation across the country.
Why is 'will' used in the first paragraph, while 'would' is used instead of 'will'. I think 'will' is the correct verb. Am I correct?
But Australian English is both very innovative and at the same time conservative, so the less wordy implication may be right!
actually will shows more probablity and would shows lesser probablities.
To me, the "would" in the second sentence is simply backshifting of reported speech.
"I will apply this to other states, " he said. -> "He said he would apply it to other states."