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Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Page: 9866


Mr COMBET (CharltonMinister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency) (13:27): 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 issue of a carbon unit as the result of an auction, or for a fixed charge, or on a unit shortfall, is a duty of excise within the meaning of section 55 of the Constitution.

Applying abundant caution, the bill caters for the possibility that such a charge is, in whole or in part, both a duty of excise and a tax that is not a duty of excise by providing for the imposition of such a charge under this bill. I commend the bill to the House.

Debate adjourned.