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Nation Building Program (National Land Transport) Amendment Bill 2009

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2008-2009

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Nation Building Program (National Land Transport) Amendment Bill 2009

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, page 6 (after line 6), after item 22, insert:

22A  At the end of section 9

Add:

             (3)  An instrument approving a project with a value exceeding $200 million is a disallowable instrument for the purposes of section 46B of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 .

[disallowance of approval for projects over $200 million]

(2)     Schedule 1, page 6 (after line 8), after item 23, insert:

23A  Section 11

Before “The”, insert “(1)”.

23B  At the end of section 11

Add:

             (2)  The matters to which the Minister must have regard in deciding whether it is appropriate to approve a project with a value exceeding $50 million include, but are not limited to, the following matters:

                     (a)  the results of the Environmental Impact Assessment;

                     (b)  the results of an assessment of the economic and social costs or benefits of the project;

                     (c)  the alternatives to the development;

                     (d)  the extent to which energy price sensitivity has bearing on the project.

             (3)  Before approving a project with a value exceeding $50 million, the Minister must cause to be tabled in each House of the Parliament a statement of reasons for the Minister’s decision to approve the project, addressing at a minimum the matters set out in subsection (2).

[approval for projects over $200 million]

(3)     Schedule 1, page 6 (after line 12), after item 25, insert:

25A  Paragraph 13(1)(d)

Omit “.”, substitute “; and”.

[reasons to form part of approval instrument]

25B  At the end of subsection 13(1)

Add:

                     (e)  include any statement of reasons provided pursuant to subsection 11(3).

[reasons to form part of approval instrument]