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Wednesday, 7 November 1973
Page: 1605

Message received from House of Representatives intimating that it had disagreed to the amendments made to this Bill by the Senate and in place thereof had substituted other amendments.

Motion (by Senator Wriedt) agreed to:

That the message be taken into consideration by the Committee of the Whole forthwith.

In Committee

Consideration of House of Representatives amendments.

House of Representatives amendments.

Clause 3.

In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears- " authorized person "means-

(a)   a person appointed by the Minister, in writing, to be an authorized person for the purposes of this Act; or

(b)   a person included in a class of persons appointed by the Minister, in writing, to be authorized persons for the purposes of this Act; "cattle " means bovine animals; "charge " means the charge imposed by the Meat Export Charge Act 1973; " exporter "includes a State and an authority of a State; " meat " means the flesh and other edible portions of cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, and includes food (other than lard, margarine or tallow) prepared wholly or partly from or containing the flesh or other edible portions of cattle, sheep, goats or pigs; " month " means a month of the year.

House of Representatives Amendment No. 1 .

In clause 3, insert after the definition of" charge " the following definition: - " ' Charge Act ' means the Meat Export Charge Act 1973; ".

House of Representatives Amendment No. 2.

In clause 3, insert after the definition of" meat " the following definition: - " ' meat inspection services ' means services provided by Australia in connexion with the inspection of meat intended for export for human consumption; ".

House of Representatives Amendment No. 3.

After clause 7, insert the following clauses: - "7a. ( 1 ) There are hereby established-

(a)   an account to be known as the Meat Export Charge Trust Account; and

(b)   an account to be known as the Bovine Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Eradication Trust Account. " (2) Each of the accounts established by sub-section ( 1 ) is a Trust Account for the purposes of section 62A of the Audit Act 1901-1969. "7b. (1) There shall be paid into the Meat Export Charge Trust Account-

(   a ) where an amount of charge is received in respect of meat to which section 6 of the Charge Act applies- an amount equal to the appropriate fraction of the amount of the charge;

(b)   where an amount of charge is received in respect of meat to which section 7 of the Charge Act applies- an amount equal to the amount of the charge;

(c)   moneys paid by any person to Australia in respect of meat inspection services; and

(d)   interest from the investment of moneys standing to the credit of that Trust Account. "(2) For the purpose of paragraph ( I ) (a), the appropriate fraction, in relation to meat, is-

(a)   if the rate of the charge in respect of the meat is 1.6c per pound of the meat- five-eighths; or

(   b) if the rate of the charge is a rate prescribed in respect of a class of meat in which the meat is included- the fraction prescribed in respect of that class of meat. "(3) A reference in sub-section ( 1 ) to an amount of charge shall be read as including a reference to an amount payable, in accordance with section 7, by way of penalty in relation to an amount of charge. "(4) Amounts payable into the Meat Export Charge Trust Account by virtue of paragraph (1) (a) or (b) are payable out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, which is appropriated accordingly. "7c. Moneys standing to the credit of the Meat Export Charge Trust Account, may, with the approval of the Minister, be expended -

(a)   in payment of expenses incurred by Australia in connexion with the provision of meat inspection services; and

(b)   to the extent to which any such expenses have been defrayed out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, in reimbursing that fund in respect of the expenses so defrayed. "7d. ( 1 ) There shall be paid into the Bovine Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Eradication Trust Account-

(a)   where an amount of charge is received in respect of meat to which section 6 of the Charge Act applies- an amount ascertained by subtracting from the amount of the charge the amount payable into the Meat Export Charge Trust Account in respect of the meat under paragraph 7B (1) (a); and

(b)   interest from the investment of moneys standing to the credit of the first-mentioned trust account. "(2) A reference in sub-section ( 1 ) to an amount of charge shall be read as including a reference to an amount payable, in accordance with section 7, by way of penalty in relation to an amount of charge. "(3) Amounts payable into the Bovine Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Eradication Trust Account by virtue of paragraph (l)(a) are payable out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, which is appropriated accordingly. "7e. Moneys standing to the credit of the Bovine Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Eradication Trust Account may, with the approval of the Minister, be expended-

(a)   in making payments to the States, and in meeting costs incurred by Australia, for the purpose of the eradication of bovine brucellosis and tuberculosis in cattle in Australia; and

(b)   to the extent to which any expenses connected with the eradication of bovine brucellosis or tuberculosis in cattle in Australia have been defrayed out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, in reimbursing that fund in respect of the expenses so defrayed. "7f. ( 1 ) The Minister shall, as soon as practicable after each 30 June, cause a report of the operation of this Act during the year ended on that date to be laid before each House of the Parliament. "(2) The first report to be laid before each House of Parliament under this section shall relate to the period commencing on the date of commencement of this Act and ending on 30 June 1974.".







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