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Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2013

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2010-2011-2012-2013

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Bill 2013

 

(1)           Schedule 1, item 1, page 3 (line 15), omit “involves”, substitute “is a”.

[actions]

(2)           Schedule 1, item 1, page 7 (after line 17), after section 24E, insert:

24F  Independent review

             (1)  The Minister must cause an independent review to be undertaken by a person or body of:

                     (a)  the operation of Subdivision FB of Division 1 of Part 3 of the Act; and

                     (b)  the extent to which that Subdivision has contributed to achieving the objects of the Act.

             (2)  The first review must be undertaken within 4 years of the date that the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment Act 2013 receives the Royal Assent. Subsequent reviews must be undertaken at intervals of not more than 4 years after the date that the previous independent review is tabled in each House of the Parliament.

             (3)  The person or body undertaking the independent review must take into account any submissions of the Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development.

             (4)  The person or body undertaking a review must give a report of the review to the Minister.

             (5)  The Minister must cause a copy of the report to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House after the Minister receives it.

[independent review]

(3)           Schedule 1, page 9 (after line 31), after item 18, insert:

18A  Section 528 (at the end of the definition of coal seam gas development )

Add “, but does not include exploration, assessment or appraisal pursuant to a petroleum title granted under a law of a State or Territory.”.

[definition of coal seam gas development]

(4)           Schedule 1, page 9 (after line 31), after item 18, insert:

18B  Section 528 (at the end of the definition of large coal mining development )

Add “, but does not include exploration, assessment or appraisal pursuant to a minerals exploration licence or permit granted under a law of a State or Territory.”.

[definition of large coal mining development]