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Quarantine Amendment (Commission of Inquiry) Bill 2007

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2004-2005-2006-2007

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

Quarantine Amendment (Commission of Inquiry) Bill 2007

 

(1)     Schedule 1, item 5, page 3 (line 28) to page 4 (line 11), omit subsection 66AY(1), substitute:

             (1)  The Minister must, in writing, as soon as practicable after the commencement of this section, appoint a person to:

                     (a)  conduct a Commission of inquiry into:

                              (i)  the 2007 outbreak and spread of equine influenza in Australia;

                             (ii)  the causes of the outbreak and spread, and, in particular, any protocols, measures or practices that may have contributed to it;

                            (iii)  the nature of protocols for the importation of horses and the policy settings upon which they are based, including the role of ministers in the determination of policy settings and the appropriateness of those policy settings;

                            (iv)  quarantine requirements and practices relating to the outbreak and spread;

                             (v)  any matters incidental to the matters referred to in subparagraphs (i) to (iv); and

                     (b)  report to the Minister on the matters (including any recommendations relating to the matters) as soon as practicable, and, in any event, on or before a day specified in the instrument of appointment.

[appointment of Commission]

(2)     Schedule 1, item 5, page 4 (line 16), at the end of section 66AY, add:

             (5)  The Commissioner’s report must be laid before each House of the Parliament within 5 sitting days of that House after the report is received by the Minister.

             (6)  If a House does not meet within 5 days after the report is received by the Minister, the report must be made available to the Presiding Officer of that House for distribution to the members of that House within 5 days after the report is received by the Minister.

[report of Commission]