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Live-stock Slaughter Levy Amendment (AAHC) Bill 1996

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Primary Industries and Energy

Commencement: While the Bill will commence on Royal Assent, the levy rate changes proposed by items 2 and 3 of Schedule 1 will apply from 1 July 1996.

Purpose

To fund the Australian Animal Health Council Limited at an initial operative rate of levy of 0.33 cents per head of slaughtered sheep or lambs, or a prescribed rate up to a maximum of 2 cents per head.

Background

Refer to the Digest for the Australian Animal Health Council (Live- stock Industries) Funding Bill 1996.

Main Provisions

The term 'AAHC' is defined by item 1 of Schedule 1 of the Bill to mean the Australian Animal Health Council Limited, A.C.N. 071- 890- 956.

A levy is imposed on the slaughter of lambs, sheep, goats and buffalo at an abattoir by the Live- stock Slaughter Levy Act 1964 (the Principal Act). The levy is payable by the person who owns the live- stock at the time of slaughter. Proceeds raised by the levy are disbursed between the Meat Industry Council, Australian Meat and Live- stock Corporation, Meat Research Corporation, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and National Cattle Disease Eradication Trust Account. Sections 6A and 6B of the Principal Act set out the maximum rate of levy which may be imposed on the slaughter of each head of sheep and lambs.

Items 2 and 3 of Schedule 1 of the Bill provide for the purpose of funding the AAHC an operative rate levy of 0.33 cents per head of slaughtered sheep or lambs, or a prescribed rate up to a maximum of 2 cents per head.

New subsections 8(5) and 8(6) are inserted in the Principal Act by item 5 of Schedule 1 of the Bill. Proposed subsection 8(5) requires the Governor- General, before making regulations prescribing a rate of levy for the purpose of funding the AAHC, to take into consideration any recommendations about the amount made to the Minister by a body specified in a Ministerial declaration. Proposed subsection 8(6) accords the Minister power to declare a body, by notice in the Gazette, as a body whose recommendations are to be taken into consideration.

The rates of levy proposed by items 2 and 3 of Schedule 1 will apply from 1 July 1996 ( item 6 of Schedule 1).

Ian Ireland Ph. 06 277 2438

Bills Digest Service

Parliamentary Research Service

18 July 1996

This Digest does not have any official legal status. Other sources should be consulted to determine the subsequent official status of the Bill.

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Published by the Department of the Parliamentary Library, 1996.