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Wheat Export Marketing Bill 2008

2008

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wheat Export Marketing Bill 2008

 

No.      , 2008

 

(Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act relating to the export of wheat, and for other purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Introduction                                                                                                             1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Objects................................................................................................ 2

4............ Simplified outline................................................................................ 2

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

6............ Involved in a contravention................................................................. 8

Part 2—Wheat export accreditation scheme                                                          9

Division 1—Compliance with the wheat export accreditation scheme   9

7............ Compliance with the wheat export accreditation scheme..................... 9

Division 2—Formulation of the wheat export accreditation scheme 11

8............ Wheat export accreditation scheme.................................................... 11

9............ Administrative decisions under the wheat export accreditation scheme 11

10.......... Application fees................................................................................ 12

11.......... Accreditation is not transferable........................................................ 12

12.......... Duration of accreditation................................................................... 12

Division 3—Eligibility for accreditation                                                            14

13.......... Eligibility for accreditation................................................................ 14

Division 4—Conditions of accreditation                                                            18

14.......... Conditions of accreditation................................................................ 18

15.......... Condition—annual export report....................................................... 18

16.......... Condition—annual compliance report............................................... 19

17.......... Condition—report about notifiable matters....................................... 19

18.......... Compliance with conditions of accreditation..................................... 19

Division 5—Cancellation of accreditation                                                        21

19.......... Cancellation of accreditation.............................................................. 21

20.......... Civil penalty orders and cancellation................................................. 24

21.......... Post-cancellation reports................................................................... 25

Division 6—Surrender of accreditation                                                             27

22.......... Surrender of accreditation................................................................. 27

Division 7—Register of accredited wheat exporters                                  29

23.......... Register of accredited wheat exporters.............................................. 29

Division 8—Access test                                                                                               30

24.......... Access test—port terminal service.................................................... 30

Part 3—Information-gathering and audit powers                                            33

Division 1—WEA may obtain information and documents from accredited wheat exporters etc.        33

25.......... WEA may obtain information and documents from accredited wheat exporters etc.                33

26.......... Copying documents—compensation................................................. 34

27.......... Copies of documents......................................................................... 34

28.......... WEA may retain documents.............................................................. 34

Division 2—WEA’s other information-gathering powers                       36

29.......... Power to request information and documents................................... 36

30.......... Power to request a report.................................................................. 36

Division 3—External audits of accredited wheat exporters                   38

31.......... WEA may direct external audit.......................................................... 38

32.......... External auditors............................................................................... 40

Part 4—Investigations                                                                                                        41

33.......... Minister may direct investigations..................................................... 41

34.......... Report on investigation..................................................................... 41

Part 5—Wheat Exports Australia                                                                               43

Division 1—WEA’s establishment, functions, powers and liabilities 43

35.......... Wheat Exports Australia................................................................... 43

36.......... WEA’s functions.............................................................................. 43

37.......... WEA’s powers................................................................................. 43

38.......... WEA’s financial liabilities are Commonwealth liabilities.................. 44

Division 2—WEA’s constitution and membership                                       45

39.......... WEA’s constitution........................................................................... 45

40.......... WEA’s membership.......................................................................... 45

41.......... Appointment of WEA members........................................................ 45

42.......... Period of appointment for WEA members........................................ 46

43.......... Acting WEA Chair............................................................................ 46

Division 3—Terms and conditions for WEA members                             48

44.......... Remuneration.................................................................................... 48

45.......... Disclosure of interests to the Minister............................................... 48

46.......... Disclosure of interests to WEA......................................................... 48

47.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 49

48.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 49

49.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 49

50.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 50

Division 4—Decision-making by WEA                                                              51

51.......... Holding of meetings.......................................................................... 51

52.......... Presiding at meetings........................................................................ 51

53.......... Quorum............................................................................................. 51

54.......... Voting at meetings etc....................................................................... 51

55.......... Conduct of meetings......................................................................... 51

56.......... Minutes............................................................................................. 51

Division 5—Delegation                                                                                               52

57.......... Delegation by WEA.......................................................................... 52

Division 6—Wheat Exports Australia Special Account                            53

58.......... Wheat Exports Australia Special Account......................................... 53

59.......... Credits of amounts to the Wheat Exports Australia Special Account 53

60.......... Purposes of the Wheat Exports Australia Special Account............... 53

Division 7—WEA staff etc.                                                                                       55

61.......... Staff.................................................................................................. 55

62.......... Persons assisting WEA..................................................................... 55

Division 8—Planning and reporting obligations                                           56

63.......... Corporate plan................................................................................... 56

64.......... Annual report.................................................................................... 56

65.......... Report for growers............................................................................ 57

Division 9—Other matters                                                                                       58

66.......... WEA Chair not subject to direction by WEA on certain matters....... 58

Part 6—Review of decisions                                                                                           59

67.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 59

68.......... Decisions that may be subject to reconsideration by WEA............... 59

69.......... Applications for reconsideration of decisions................................... 59

70.......... Reconsideration by WEA.................................................................. 60

71.......... Deadline for reconsideration............................................................. 60

72.......... Review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal............................... 60

Part 7—Protection of confidential information                                                  61

73.......... Protected confidential information..................................................... 61

74.......... Protection of confidential information............................................... 62

Part 8—Civil penalty orders                                                                                           64

75.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 64

76.......... Civil penalty orders........................................................................... 64

77.......... Who may apply for a civil penalty order........................................... 65

78.......... 2 or more proceedings may be heard together................................... 66

79.......... Time limit for application for an order............................................... 66

80.......... Civil evidence and procedure rules for civil penalty orders............... 66

81.......... Civil proceedings after criminal proceedings..................................... 66

82.......... Criminal proceedings during civil proceedings................................. 66

83.......... Criminal proceedings after civil proceedings..................................... 67

84.......... Evidence given in proceedings for a civil penalty order not admissible in criminal proceedings              67

85.......... Mistake of fact.................................................................................. 67

86.......... State of mind..................................................................................... 68

Part 9—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        69

87.......... Sharing information.......................................................................... 69

88.......... Compensation for acquisition of property......................................... 69

89.......... Review of Act etc.............................................................................. 70

90.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 70

 



A Bill for an Act relating to the export of wheat, and for other purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts: