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FOOD STANDARDS AMENDMENT (TRUTH IN LABELLING—PALM OIL) BILL 2010

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of Senator Xenophon and the Leader of the Australian Greens (Senator Bob Brown)—That this bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Question put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate resolved itself into committee for the consideration of the bill.

In the committee

Bill, taken as a whole by leave, debated.

On the motion of Senator Xenophon, also on behalf of Senator Siewert, the following amendments, taken together by leave, were debated and agreed to:

 Clause 2, page 2 (at the end of the table), add:

3. Schedule 2The day after the end of the period of 12 months beginning on the day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

Clause 4, page 2 (lines 15 to 20), omit the clause, substitute:

 

4 Purpose of Act

   The purpose of this Act is to ensure that consumers have clear, accurate information about the inclusion of palm oil in goods.

 
Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (lines 8 to 23), omit subsections 16A(1) and (2), substitute:

  (1) The Authority must, within 6 months after the commencement of this section, develop and approve labelling standards that prescribe that producers, manufacturers and distributors of food containing palm oil, regardless of the amount of palm oil used in the food or used to produce the food, must list palm oil as an ingredient of the food.

 Page 4 (after line 14), at the end of the bill, add:

  

Schedule 2—Amendment of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010

 1 Section 33 of Schedule 2

  Before "A person", insert "(1)".

 2 At the end of section 33 of Schedule 2 (before the note)

  Add:

  (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the characteristics of any goods include the use of palm oil in the goods or to produce the goods.

   Application

  (3) Subsection (2) applies to goods manufactured after 12 months after the commencement of that subsection.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill to be reported with amendments.

The Acting Deputy President (Senator Hurley) resumed the chair and the Temporary Chair of Committees reported accordingly.

On the motion of Senator Xenophon the report from the committee was adopted and the bill read a third time.