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Tuesday, 9 October 2012
Page: 7650


Senator JACINTA COLLINS (VictoriaManager of Government Business in the Senate and Parliamentary Secretary for School Education and Workplace Relations) (15:44): I give notice that on the next day of sitting I shall move:

That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the following bills, allowing them to be considered during this period of sittings:

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Bill 2012

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Consequential and Transitional) Bill 2012

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Bill 2012

National Portrait Gallery of Australia Bill 2012

National Portrait Gallery of Australia (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2012

I also table statements of reasons justifying the need for these bills to be considered during these sittings and seek leave to have the statements incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The statement s read as follows—

Australian Charities a nd Not-For-Profits Commission Bill

Australian Charities a nd Not-For-Pro fits Commission (Consequential a nd Transitional) Bill

Purpose of the Bills

The bills establish the Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission and make consequential amendments relating to the establishment of the Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission.

Reasons for Urgency

The Australian Charities and Not for profits Commission was announced to commence operations from 1 October 2012.

It will be important for the bills to be enacted at the beginning of the 2012 Spring sittings to allow time for regulations and appointments to be completed prior to the commencement of the Commission’s operations on 1 October 2012.

Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Amendment Bill - Statement of Reasons

Purpose of the Bill

The bill would amend the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 (the ICNA Act) to:

implement measures arising from the National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment Scheme (NICNAS) Cost Recovery Impact Statement (CRIS) conducted in accordance with the Government’s Cost Recovery Guidelines. These measures include:

change the current three-tier NICNAS registration structure to a four-tier structure to deliver a more equitable charging arrangement for business;

introduce an application fee for businesses seeking authorisation from NICNAS to import or export industrial chemicals under the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure of the Rotterdam Convention; and

remove the obsolete fee for transfer of a chemical from the non confidential section of the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS) to the confidential section of the AICS.

make minor consequential technical amendments arising from the new Model Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 to both the ICNA Act and the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994 (which cross-references the ICNA Act) to ensure consistent terminology is used in the Model Regulations and these Acts.

Reasons for Urgency

It is important that introduction and passage of the bill take place within the 2012 Spring sitting to enable the Government to deliver on its commitment to implement the measures in the CRIS, particularly the revised tier structure for NICNAS registration, by 1 January 2013. Consequential amendments to the Industrial Chemicals (Notification and Assessment) Regulations 1990 will be required to give effect to new fees and charges in the 2013 14 financial year beginning 1 July 2013. A delay in passage of the bill may result in insufficient time to give effect to the revised NICNAS registration structure and delay the Government’s commitment to lower fees for small business.

National Portrait Gallery of Australia Bill 2012

National Portrait Gallery of Australia (consequential and transitional provisions) Bill 2012

Purpose of the Bills

The purpose of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia Bill 2012 is to establish the National Portrait Gallery of Australia as a Commonwealth statutory authority subject to the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 from 1 July 2013.

The companion Bill, the National Portrait Gallery of Australia (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2012 contains consequential amendments and transitional arrangements related to the establishment of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia.

Reasons for Urgency

The National Portrait Gallery currently operates as a Branch within the Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport (the Department). These Bills need to be dealt with in one sitting period in order to ensure arrangements to transition the Gallery to a statutory authority are effective on 1 July 2013.

A range of administrative arrangements must be finalised following the passage of the Bills to ensure that the National Portrait Gallery of Australia is fully functional from 1 July 2013. These include: the required Regulations; the recruitment of a Director and the appointment of a governing Board; transfer of assets and liabilities; transitioning of the Gallery building, collection, property and staff from the Department; and processes and procedures in relation to financial and other systems.

The passage of these Bills in the 2012 Spring sittings will enable all administrative arrangements to be completed and ensure the operation of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia is not affected and the transition is seamless for visitors and staff.