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Water Amendment (Water for the Environment Special Account) Bill 2012

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2010-2011-2012-2013

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Water Amendment (Water for the Environment Special Account) Bill 2012

 

 

(1)           Schedule 1, item 2, page 4 (line 6), omit “can be achieved”, substitute “must be achieved”.

[environmental objectives]

(2)     Schedule 1, item 2, page 4 (line 21), omit “per litre”, substitute “per litre in any 2 consecutive years and less than 1000 electrical conductivity for 95% of the time during those 2 years”.

[environmental objectives]

(3)     Schedule 1, item 2, page 5 (line 1), omit “open”, substitute “open to an average annual depth of 1 metre or more”.

[environmental objectives]

(4)     Schedule 1, item 2, page 5 (line 5), omit “as a long term average”, substitute “over a 3 year rolling average”.

[environmental objectives]

(5)     Schedule 1, item 2, page 5 (after line 35), after paragraph 86AA(3)(a), insert:

                    (aa)  purchasing water access rights in relation to Basin water resources to deliver environmental water to the environmental assets of the Murray Darling Basin; and

[environmental objectives]

(6)     Schedule  1 , item  2 , page 5 (line 37) , omit “ by ”, substitute “ at least ”.

[environmental objectives]

(7)     Schedule  1 , item  2 , page 5 (after line 37) , at the end of section  86AA , add:

             (4)  To achieve the object of this Part, the authority must propose an adjustment under section 23A to increase the volume of the Basin water resources available for environmental use by at least 450 gigalitres with the water to be secured by 2019.

             (5)  The Authority must propose the adjustment by 31 December 2016.

[timeframe]

(8)     Schedule 1, item 2, page 8 (after line 5), after subsection 86AD(2), insert:

          (2A)  In debiting amounts for the purposes of making payments in relation to projects mentioned in paragraph (2)(a) or (c), priority is to be given to:

                     (a)  projects that will produce the maximum guaranteed increase in the volume of Basin water resources that are available for environmental use within the shortest time; and

                     (b)  projects that demonstrably take into account the most recent scientific knowledge in relation to ground water and climate change; and

                     (c)  projects that demonstrably enhance the environmental outcomes referred to in the objects to this Part.

[purposes of account]

(9)     Schedule  1 , item  2 , page 9 (after line 9) , at the end of section  86AF , add:

             (3)  The terms and conditions must include a requirement that the financial assistance granted will be used for a purpose that:

                     (a)  is consistent with achieving, by 31 December 2019, an increase of at least 450 gigalitres in the volume of the Basin water resources available for environmental use; and

                     (b)  will enhance the environmental outcomes referred to in the objects to this Part.

[grants to Basin States]

(10)   Schedule 1, item 2, page 9 (line 16) (cell at table item 1, column 3), omit “$15,000,000.00”, substitute “$187,000,000.00”.

[timeframe]

(11)   Schedule 1, item 2, page 9 (line 16) (cell at table item 2, column 3), omit “$40,000,000.00”, substitute “$212,000,000.00”.

[timeframe]

(12)   Schedule 1, item 2, page 9 (line 16) (cell at table item 3, column 3), omit “$110,000,000.00”, substitute “$282,000,000.00”.

[timeframe]

(13)   Schedule 1, item 2, page 9 (line 16) (cell at table item 4, column 3), omit “$430,000,000.00”, substitute “$602,000,000.00”.

[timeframe]

(14)   Schedule 1, item 2, page 9 (line 16) (cell at table item 5, column 3), omit “$320,000,000.00”, substitute “$492,000,000.00”.

[timeframe]

(15)   Schedule 1, item 2, page 9 (line 16) (table items 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10), omit the table items.

[timeframe]

(16)   Schedule  1 , item  2 , page 9 (after line 16) , at the end of section  86AG , add:

Note:          Any amounts standing to th e credit of the Water for the Environment Special Account at t he end of a financial year remain available to be debited during subsequent financial years for the purposes mentioned in section 86AD.

[timeframe]

(17)   Schedule  1 , item  2 , page 10 (line 27) , after subsection 86AI ( 2 )(b), add:

                  ; (iv)  whether it is anticipated that that increase will meet the target of at least 450 gigalitres by 31 December 2019;

[progress information]

(18)   Schedule  1 , item  2 , page 10 (line 27) , after subparagraph 86AI ( 2 )( c )( iii ), insert:

                          ; (iv)  whether the project achieved the optimum water recovery volume against the expenditure of funds under the Water for the Environment Special Account as under subsection 86AD(2);

[progress information]

(19)   Schedule 1, item 2, page 11 (line 19), omit “30 June 2024”, substitute “31 December 2019”.

[progress information]

(20)   Schedule 1, item 2, page 12 (line 5), omit “30 September 2019”, substitute “30 September 2015”.

[progress information]

(21)   Schedule 1, item 2, page 12 (line 7), omit “30 September 2021”, substitute “30 September 2017”.

[progress information]

(22)   Schedule 1, item 2, page 12 (line 14), omit “2020-2021 financial year”, substitute “2016-2017 financial year”.

[progress information]

(23)   Schedule 1, item 2, page 12 (line 16), omit “2022-2023 financial year”, substitute “2018-2019 financial year”.

[progress information]

(24)   Schedule 1, item 2, page 12 (after line 16), after section 86AJ, add:

86AK  Audit of Water Special Account

             (1)  Pursuant to the powers under Part 3, the National Water Commission must audit the Water for the Environment Special Account as soon as practicable after 30 June in each financial year from the date of establishment of the account.

             (2)  The audit must report on:

                     (a)  the quantity of environmental water that was delivered to each project that receives payments under this Act; and

                     (b)  the value to the community of any payments made under paragraph 86AD(2)(c)(ii).

[audit of special account]

(25)   Schedule  1 , item  6 , page 13 (line 4) , omit “ subsection 86AF(2) ”, substitute “ subsections 86AF(2) and (3) ”.

[grants to Basin States]