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Thursday, 27 March 2014
Page: 3325


Mr JOYCE (New EnglandMinister for Agriculture and Deputy Leader of The Nationals) (09:14): I move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charges) Amendment Bill 2014 is the final bill being introduced to form this legislative package that will remedy technical defects and allow for more consistent and equitable cost recovery for services provided to exporters by the Department of Agriculture.

The Export Inspection (Establishment Registration Charges) Act 1985 enables the collection of charges for export related services carried out under the Export Control Act 1982.

As the establishment registration charges act is incorporated and reads as one with the Export Inspection and Meat Charges Collection Act 1985 (the collection act), consequential amendments are required for consistency with amendments being proposed to the collection act (which are being made by the Export Legislation Amendment Bill 2014).

The bill itself does not impose any extra charges; however, the department would have the ability to recover establishment registration charges for exporting certain plant products like cut flowers, dried fruits, nursery stock, nuts, seed, timber products and tissue culture, allowing for more consistent and equitable cost recovery for services provided to exporters by the department.

Debate adjourned.