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7354 REVISED 2

2010-2011-2012-2013

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill 2012

 

 

(1)           Clause 2, page 2 (after table item 4), insert:

5.  Schedule 2

The day the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment Act 2012 receives the Royal Assent.

 

[nuclear tests]

(2)     Page 13 (after line 27), at the end of the Bill, add:

 

Schedule 2 —Further a mendments

Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment) Act 2006

1  Section 4 (definition of treatment )

Repeal the definition, substitute:

treatment means treatment (within the meaning of subsection 80(1) of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 ) of any of the following (including testing for any of the following):

                     (a)  cancer (wherever occurring) or malignant neoplasia;

                     (b)  leukaemia;

                     (c)  lymphoma;

                     (d)  myeloma (whether multiple or singular);

                     (e)  non-malignant thyroid nodular disease;

                      (f)  parathyroid adenoma;

                     (g)  posterior subscapular cataracts;

                     (h)  tumours of the brain and/or central nervous system;

                      (i)  ulceration of the skin;

                      (j)  sarcoma;

                     (k)  malignant overgrowth of the blood;

                      (l)  fibrosis of the lung;

                    (m)  lung cancer;

                     (n)  sterility (whether temporary or permanent);

                     (o)  reduced fertility (whether temporary or permanent);

                     (p)  cell scarring of the thyroid, liver or intestine;

                     (q)  loss of function of the thyroid, liver or intestine;

                      (r)  loss of function or breakdown of intestinal lining;

                      (s)  cell death or malignant changes;

                      (t)  internal bleeding;

                     (u)  reduction of lymphoid cells in blood;

                     (v)  overgrowth of lymph tissues;

                    (w)  cirrhosis of the liver;

                     (x)  psychological illness of any kind;

                     (y)  any similar illness, disease or malady.

2  Subsection 5(4) (table item 1, column headed “Description of nuclear test area”)

Repeal the cell, substitute:

 

The area within:

(a)     10 kilometres of Main Beach on Trimouille Island in the Monte Bello Archipelago; or

(b)    such further distance, as determined by the Minister, if an illness, disease or malady of a person could be causally linked on the balance of probabilities to a nuclear test at the Main Beach on Trimouille Island in the Monte Bello Archipelago.

3  Subsection 5(4) (table item 2, column headed “Description of nuclear test area”)

Repeal the cell, substitute:

 

The area within:

(a)     25 kilometres of the Totem test sites at Emu Fields; or

(b)    such further distance, as determined by the Minister, if an illness, disease or malady of a person could be causally linked on the balance of probabilities to a nuclear test at the Totem test sites at Emu Fields.

4  Subsection 5(4) (table item 3, column headed “Description of nuclear test area”)

Repeal the cell, substitute:

 

The area within:

(a)     40 kilometres of any of the Buffalo or Antler test sites; or

(b)    such further distance, as determined by the Minister, if an illness, disease or malady of a person could be causally linked on the balance of probabilities to a nuclear test at the Buffalo or Antler test sites.

[nuclear test areas]



 

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill 2012

 

 

 

Statement pursuant to the order of

the Senate of 26 June 2000

 

 

 

 



These amendments are framed as requests because they increase expenditure under standing appropriations in the Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment) Act 2006.

Amendment (2) will potentially increase the number of individuals who are able to obtain support under that Act and thus may have the effect of increasing total expenditure under the standing appropriation. Amendment (1) is consequential to amendment (2).

 

 

 

Statement by the Clerk of the Senate pursuant

to the order of the Senate of 26 June 2000

 

 

 

The Senate has long followed the practice that it should treat as requests amendments which would result in increased expenditure under a standing appropriation. On the basis that amendment (2) may increase expenditure under the standing appropriations in section 49 of the Australian Participants in British Nuclear Tests (Treatment) Act 2006 , and that amendment (1) is consequential to amendment (2), it is in accordance with the precedents of the Senate that these amendments be moved as requests.