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Part 1—Preliminary

Part 1 Preliminary


1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the High Speed Rail Planning Authority Act 2015 .

2   Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day the Consolidated Revenue Fund is appropriated under an Act to the Department in which this Act is administered for payment to the Authority.

3   Objects

                   The objects of this Act are:

                     (a)  to establish an Authority to advise on, plan and develop the HSR system; and

                     (b)  to ensure that the HSR corridor is preserved so that provision can be made for regular, efficient and cost-effective rail transport on the east coast of Australia.

4   Simplified outline

                   The following is a simplified outline of this Act:

This Act establishes the High Speed Rail Planning Authority. The Authority has functions relating to the planning and development of the HSR system.

5   Definitions

                   In this Act:

Australian Local Government Association means the Australian Local Government Association Limited (ABN 31 008 613 876).

Authority means the High Speed Rail Planning Authority established by section 7.

Chair means the Chair of the Authority.

HSR corridor (short for high speed rail corridor) means the area on the east coast of Australia through which the HSR system will run.

HSR system (short for high speed rail system) means a dedicated railway network that links major capital cities, and some regional centres, on the east coast of Australia.

member means a member of the Authority, and includes the Chair.

paid work means work for financial gain or reward (whether as an employee, a self-employed person or otherwise).

6   Crown to be bound

                   This Act binds the Crown in each of its capacities.