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Climate Change Authority Bill 2011

2010-2011

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

As passed by both Houses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climate Change Authority Bill 2011

 

No.      , 2011

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to establish the Climate Change Authority, and for other purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

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

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

3............ Simplified outline................................................................................ 3

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

6............ Crown to be bound............................................................................. 5

7............ Extension to external Territories.......................................................... 5

8............ Extension to exclusive economic zone and continental shelf............... 5

9............ Extension to Joint Petroleum Development Area................................ 5

Part 2—Climate Change Authority                                                                             6

Division 1—Authority’s establishment, functions, powers and liabilities              6

10.......... Climate Change Authority................................................................... 6

11.......... Functions of the Authority.................................................................. 6

12.......... Authority must have regard to certain principles................................. 7

13.......... Powers of the Authority...................................................................... 7

14.......... Authority’s liabilities are Commonwealth liabilities............................ 8

15.......... Authority has privileges and immunities of the Crown....................... 8

Division 2—Constitution and membership of the Authority etc.           9

Subdivision A—Constitution of the Authority                                                     9

16.......... Constitution of the Authority.............................................................. 9

Subdivision B—Authority members                                                                       9

17.......... Membership of the Authority.............................................................. 9

18.......... Appointment of Authority members................................................... 9

19.......... Period of appointment for Authority members.................................. 10

20.......... Acting Authority members................................................................ 11

21.......... Deputy of the Chief Scientist............................................................ 12

Subdivision C—Associate Authority members                                                  13

22.......... Appointment of associate Authority members.................................. 13

23.......... Period of appointment for associate Authority members................... 14

24.......... Acting appointments—associate Authority members........................ 14

Division 3—Terms and conditions for Authority members and associate Authority members               16

25.......... Remuneration.................................................................................... 16

26.......... Disclosure of interests to the Climate Change Minister..................... 16

27.......... Disclosure of interests to the Authority............................................. 16

28.......... Outside employment......................................................................... 17

29.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 17

30.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 18

31.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 18

32.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 19

Division 4—Decision-making by the Authority                                             20

33.......... Holding of meetings.......................................................................... 20

34.......... Presiding at meetings........................................................................ 20

35.......... Quorum............................................................................................. 20

36.......... Participation etc. by associate Authority members at meetings.......... 20

37.......... Voting at meetings etc....................................................................... 20

38.......... Conduct of meetings......................................................................... 21

39.......... Minutes............................................................................................. 21

Division 5—Delegation                                                                                               22

40.......... Delegation by the Authority.............................................................. 22

Division 6—Chief Executive Officer of the Authority                               24

41.......... Establishment.................................................................................... 24

42.......... Role................................................................................................... 24

43.......... Appointment..................................................................................... 24

44.......... Acting appointments......................................................................... 24

45.......... Outside employment......................................................................... 25

46.......... Remuneration.................................................................................... 25

47.......... Leave................................................................................................. 25

48.......... Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 26

49.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 26

50.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 26

51.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 27

Division 7—Staff of the Authority etc.                                                               28

52.......... Staff.................................................................................................. 28

53.......... Persons assisting the Authority......................................................... 28

54.......... Consultants....................................................................................... 28

Division 8—Planning and reporting obligations                                           29

55.......... Corporate plan................................................................................... 29

56.......... Annual report.................................................................................... 29

Division 9—Other matters                                                                                       31

57.......... Climate Change Minister may give directions to the Authority......... 31

58.......... CEO not subject to direction by the Authority on certain matters...... 31

Part 3—Special reviews                                                                                                     32

59.......... Special reviews to be conducted by the Authority at the request of the Climate Change Minister or the Parliament.......................................................................................................... 32

60.......... Report of special review.................................................................... 33

Part 4—Land Sector Carbon and Biodiversity Board                                  35

Division 1—Board’s establishment and functions                                        35

61.......... Land Sector Carbon and Biodiversity Board..................................... 35

62.......... Functions of the Board...................................................................... 35

63.......... Constitutional limits.......................................................................... 36

Division 2—Membership of the Board                                                               38

64.......... Membership of the Board................................................................. 38

65.......... Appointment of Board members....................................................... 38

66.......... Period of appointment for Board members....................................... 39

67.......... Acting Board members..................................................................... 39

68.......... Procedures........................................................................................ 40

69.......... Disclosure of interests to the Environment Minister and the Agriculture Minister   40

70.......... Disclosure of interests to Board........................................................ 41

71.......... Outside employment......................................................................... 41

72.......... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 41

73.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 42

74.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 42

75.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 42

76.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 43

Division 3—Assistance to Board                                                                           44

77.......... Assistance to Board.......................................................................... 44

Division 4—Committees                                                                                            45

78.......... Committees....................................................................................... 45

79.......... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 45

80.......... Assistance to committees.................................................................. 46

Division 5—Annual report                                                                                        47

81.......... Annual report.................................................................................... 47

Part 5—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        48

82.......... Liability for damages......................................................................... 48

82A....... Transitional—validity of things done under appointments under section 67            48

83.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 49

 



A Bill for an Act to establish the Climate Change Authority, and for other purposes

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