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Wednesday, 6 December 2000
Page: 23444


Mr ENTSCH (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources) (9:53 AM) —I move:

That the bill be now read a second time.

This bill is complementary to the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 2000, which transfers a number of powers under the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act from the joint authorities to the designated authorities.

A small number of powers or functions of the joint authority that relate to the registration of titles and dealings under the act appear in the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Registration Fees) Act 1967. These functions involve the joint authority in determining the rate of fee payable in a number of different situations.

Under the same policy decision as applies to the transfer of powers in the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 3) 2000, this bill seeks to transfer these functions to the designated authority.

I commend the bill to honourable members and present the explanatory memorandum.

Debate (on motion by Mr Horne) adjourned.