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Water Amendment Bill 2008


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Climate Change and Water portfolio

Summary

Gives effect to the intergovernmental Agreement on Murray-Darling Basin Reform between New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory by amending the Water Act 2007 to: transfer the powers and functions of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority; expand the Basin Plan to include arrangements for critical human water needs for communities dependent on the River Murray System; extend the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s role in relation to water market rules and water charge rules; provide for the appointment of the Chair to the Basin Officials Committee; effect a revised Agreement which establishes a Ministerial Council and Basin Officials Committee; and make transitional amendments. Also makes consequential and technical amendments to the Legislative Instruments Act 2003, Trade Practices Act 1974 and Water Act 2007 and repeals the Murray-Darling Basin Act 1993.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 25/09/08  
Second reading moved 25/09/08  
Second reading debate 14/10/08  
Second reading debate 15/10/08  
Second reading agreed to 15/10/08  
Consideration in detail debate 15/10/08  
Consideration in detail debate 16/10/08 Amendment details: 8 Government agreed to
Third reading agreed to 16/10/08  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 10/11/08  
Second reading moved 10/11/08  
Second reading debate 25/11/08  
Second reading agreed to 25/11/08  
Committee of the Whole debate 25/11/08 Amendment details: 1 Opposition, 2 Opposition-Australian Greens, 1 Australian Greens and 2 Independent (Xenophon) agreed to
Committee of the Whole debate 26/11/08 Amendment details: 1 Opposition (as amended by Australian Greens), 4 Australian Greens and 1 Independent (Xenophon) agreed to
Committee of the Whole debate 27/11/08 Amendment details: 2 Opposition, 1 Opposition to Opposition-Australian Greens, 2 Opposition to Australian Greens and 2 Australian Greens agreed to
Third reading agreed to 27/11/08  
     
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message 01/12/08 Details: House agreed to Senate amendments nos 1, 9 and 12; disagreed to nos 2 to 8, 10, 11, and 13 to 15; and amended no. 16
     
Senate
Consideration of House of Reps message 04/12/08 Details: Senate did not insist on its amendments and agreed to House amendment to Senate amendment no.16
     
Text of bill as passed both Houses 04/12/08  
Assent 08/12/08 Act no.: 139 of 2008
     

Text of bill

  • Third reading

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  • First reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum

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  • Revised explanatory memorandum

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  • Further supplementary explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

House of Representatives
  • Government [sheet PA431]

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  • Government [sheet PA424]

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  • Non-Government
WINDSOR, Tony, MP

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  • Non-Government
WINDSOR, Tony, MP

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Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 5678]
BROWN, Sen Bob

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 5646]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 5663]
BROWN, Sen Bob

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 5660]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 5659]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 5629]
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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  • Independent [sheet 5661]
XENOPHON, Sen Nick

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  • Independent [sheet 5649]
XENOPHON, Sen Nick

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  • Opposition [sheet 5677]
NASH, Sen Fiona

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  • Opposition [sheet 5657]
NASH, Sen Fiona

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  • Opposition [sheet 5664 revised]
NASH, Sen Fiona

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  • Opposition [sheet 5650]
NASH, Sen Fiona

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  • Opposition [sheet 5640]
NASH, Sen Fiona

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  • Opposition/Australian Greens [sheet 5622 revised 3]
NASH, Sen Fiona
SIEWERT, Sen Rachel

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Schedules of amendments

  • Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

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  • Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate to which the House of Representatives has disagreed

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (15/10/2008): Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee
  • Committee report (21/11/2008)
  • Committee report (27/11/2008): Corrigendum to report
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees
  • An electronic version of this Act is available in ComLaw ( www.comlaw.gov.au )