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Defence Legislation Amendment (Aid to Civilian Authorities) Bill 2006

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2004-2005-2006

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

Defence Legislation Amendment (Aid to Civilian Authorities) Bill 2005

 

 

(1)     Schedule 2, item 3, page 24 (after line 30), at the end of section 51CB, add:

             (5)  If the infrastructure, or the part of the infrastructure, is in a State or a self-governing Territory:

                     (a)  the authorising Ministers may make the declaration referred to in subsection (1) whether or not the Government of the State or the self-governing Territory requests the making of the declaration; and

                     (b)  if the Government of the State or the self-governing Territory does not request the making of the declaration referred to in subsection (1), an authorising Minister must, subject to subsection (6), consult that Government about the making of the declaration.

             (6)  However, paragraph (5)(b) does not apply if the authorising Ministers are satisfied that, for reasons of urgency, it is impracticable to comply with the requirements of that paragraph.

[declaration of designated critical infrastructure]

(2)     Schedule 3, item 1, page 27 (line 21), after “section 51A”, insert “or 51AA (as the case requires)”.

[call out covering specified circumstances]

(3)     Schedule 4, item 1, page 33 (after line 29), after subsection 51CA(2), insert:

Expedited call out by an authorising Minister and another Minister

          (2A)  An authorising Minister, together with the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister for Foreign Affairs or the Treasurer, may make an order of a kind that the Governor-General is empowered to make under section 51A, 51AA, 51AB, 51B or 51C if the Ministers are satisfied that:

                     (a)  because a sudden and extraordinary emergency exists, it is not practicable for an order to be made under that section; and

                     (b)  the Prime Minister is unable to be contacted for the purposes of considering whether to make, and making, an order under subsection (1) of this section; and

                     (c)  the remaining authorising Minister is unable to be contacted for the purposes of considering whether to make, and making, an order under subsection (2) of this section; and

                     (d)  the circumstances referred to in subsection 51A(1), 51AA(1), 51AB(1), 51B(1) or 51C(1) (as the case requires) exist.

[expedited call out]

(4)     Schedule 4, item 1, page 34 (line 7), after “subsection (2)”, insert “or (2A)”.

[expedited call out]

(5)     Schedule 4, item 1, page 34 (line 8), omit “authorising”.

[expedited call out]

(6)     Schedule 4, item 1, page 34 (line 13), omit “authorising”.

[expedited call out]

(7)     Schedule 4, item 1, page 34 (line 18), omit “authorising”.

[expedited call out]

(8)     Schedule 4, item 1, page 34 (line 28), omit “authorising”.

[expedited call out]

(9)     Schedule 4, item 1, page 34 (line 29), omit “authorising”.

[expedited call out]

(10)   Schedule 4, item 1, page 35 (line 28), omit “authorising”.

[expedited call out]