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Marine Navigation (Regulatory Functions) Levy Collection Bill 1991



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House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Transport and Communications

Purpose

To provide the machinery for the collection of the levy imposed by the Marine Navigation (Regulatory Functions) Levy Bill 1991.

Background

Refer to the Digest for the Marine Navigation (Regulatory Functions) Levy Bill 1991.

Main Provisions

The Bill will have effect from 1 July 1991 (clause 2).

`Sea-going ship' is defined as a ship which in the course of a voyage to or from an Australian port, passes a Commonwealth marine navigational aid (clause 3).

The owner, master, or agent of a sea-going ship will be liable to pay the levy, unless the ship has been exempted (clause 5).

Clause 6 deals with when the levy is payable. Ships trading between Australian ports will be required to pay the levy every quarter. Ships trading between Australian and overseas ports will be liable to pay the levy on arrival at an Australian port. In the latter case, the ship will only be required to pay the levy if over three months have passed since the levy was last paid. No ship will be required to pay the levy more than four times a year.

Clause 9 provides for the detention, by the Customs Service, of a ship for non-payment of the levy.

An agent who has paid the levy for a sea-going ship may deduct an equal amount from any money received for the owner in respect of the ship (clause 10).

The Governor-General may make regulation, including for the refund or remission of the levy (clause 11).

Bills Digest Service 4 March 1991

Parliamentary Research Service

For further information, if required, contact the Economics and Commerce Group on 06 2772460.

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

Commonwealth of Australia 1991

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Published by the Department of the Parliamentary Library, 1990.