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Non-Proliferation Legislation Amendment Bill 2006 [2007]

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2004-2005-2006-2007

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

Non-Proliferation Legislation Amendment Bill 2006 [2007]

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, page 4 (after line 5), before item 8, insert:

8A  At the end of section 3

Add:

             (3)  A further object of this Act is to ensure that communities in which a nuclear facility is to be established have authorised that establishment and have consented to the health, welfare, safety and environmental impacts and risks of the establishment of the nuclear facility.

[community consent required for nuclear facility]

(2)     Schedule 1, page 4 (after line 15), after item 12, insert;

12A  After subsection 16A(1)

Insert:

                   Consultation before grant of permit

          (1A)  Before granting a permit in accordance with this section, the Minister must initiate a comprehensive consultation process as follows:

                     (a)  the relevant State Minister for the environment must be notified in writing with comprehensive information about the facility for which a permit is sought 60 days before the granting of a permit;

                     (b)  the Mayor of every local council within 0.5km of the boundary of the facility for which a permit is sought must be notified in writing with comprehensive information about the proposed facility 60 days before the granting of a permit; and

                     (c)  a plebiscite must be conducted by the Electoral Commission in every federal electorate within 0.5km of the boundary of the facility for which a permit is sought, seeking approval for the establishment of the facility.

          (1B)  If, as a result of the plebiscite conducted in accordance with paragraph (1A)(c), a simple majority disapproves of the establishment of the facility, a permit must not be granted in accordance with subsection (1).

[consultation before new facility permitted]