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Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Amendment Bill 2011

Originating house
House of Representatives
Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities


Implements Australia’s obligations under three Measures adopted under Article IX of the Antarctic Treaty and Article 9 of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty (the Madrid Protocol) by amending the Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act 1980 to: amend the long title of the Act; provide for the minister to grant safety and environmental protection approvals and impose conditions on such approvals; implement new offences and civil penalties; establish a liability regime for environmental emergencies in the Antarctic; establish an Antarctic Environmental Liability Special Account; and make technical amendments.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 23/11/11  
Second reading moved 23/11/11  
Second reading debate 28/02/12  
Referred to Federation Chamber 28/02/12  
Second reading debate 29/02/12  
Second reading agreed to 29/02/12  
Reported from Federation Chamber 29/02/12  
Third reading agreed to 29/02/12  
Introduced and read a first time 29/02/12  
Second reading moved 29/02/12  
Second reading debate 22/03/12  
Second reading agreed to 18/06/12  
Third reading agreed to 18/06/12  
Text of bill as passed both Houses 18/06/12  
Assent 28/06/12 Act no.: 90 - Year: 2012

Text of bill

  • First reading

  • As passed by both Houses


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (24/11/2011): House Standing Committee on Climate Change, Environment and the Arts; Statement made discharging the committee's requirement to provide a report (16/02/2012)
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees
  • An electronic version of this Act is available in ComLaw ( )