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Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Page: 9865


Mr COMBET (CharltonMinister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency) (13:23): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

This bill anticipates the possibility that, under the carbon pricing mechanism, the charge payable by a person to the Commonwealth for the issue of a carbon unit for a fixed charge is a tax within the meaning of section 55 of the Constitution.

Applying abundant caution, the bill caters for the possibility that a unit issue charge is, in whole or in part, a tax. In those circumstances, this bill imposes the charge, but only to the extent the charge is neither a duty of customs nor a duty of excise. I commend the bill to the House.

Debate adjourned.