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Water Amendment (Long-term Average Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment) Bill 2012

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2010-2011-2012

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

Water Amendment (Long-term Average Sustainable Diversion Limit Adjustment) Bill 2012

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, item 10, page 6 (line 11), at the end of subsection 23A(2), add:

            ; and (d)  a requirement for the Authority not to propose an adjustment under paragraph (1)(a) or (b) without:

                              (i)  inviting members of the public to make submissions to the Authority on the proposed adjustment; and

                             (ii)  providing a reasonable amount of time for those submissions to be made and considered by the Authority.

[mandatory public consultation on adjustments]

(2)     Schedule  1 , item  10 , page 6 (line 20) , omit “ is adopted ”, substitute “ may be adopted ”.

[ministerial discretion to adopt amendment]

(3)     Schedule  1 , item  10 , page 9 (lines 12 to 18) , omit subsection 23B ( 6 ), substitute:

             (6)  As soon as practicable after receiving the amendment, the Minister must:

                     (a)  consider the amendment; and

                     (b)  either:

                              (i)  adopt, in writing, the amendment; or

                             (ii)  give the Authority notice, in writing, that the Minister has decided not to adopt the amendment.

Note:          If a long-term average sustainable diversion limit for the water resources of a particular water resource plan area (or a particular part of those water resources) is amended, the long-term annual diversion limit for those water resources is also amended (see table item 7 of the table in subsection 22(1)).

[ministerial discretion to adopt amendment]

(4)     Schedule  1 , item  13 , page 9 (lines 28 to 32) , omit the item.

[disallowance of amendment]