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Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Page: 7722

Dr MIKE KELLY (Eden-MonaroParliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) (10:37): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The Horse Disease Response Levy (Cons­equential Amendments) Bill 2011 is a companion bill to the Horse Disease Response Levy Bill 2011. This bill will make amendments to the Australian Animal Health Council(Live-stock Industries) Funding Act 1996.

These amendments will allow for the Australian Animal Health Council, also known as Animal Health Australia, to hold and manage funds raised by the levies on behalf of the horse industry. It will also authorise Animal Health Australia to meet its own costs in managing the funds.

This arrangement will be similar to arrangements that other livestock industries have in place to fund their liabilities under the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement. I commend the bill to the House.

Debate adjourned.