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Live-stock Export Charge Amendment (AAHC) Bill 1996

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Primary Industries and Energy

Commencement: While the Bill will commence on Royal Assent, the charge 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 charge of 0.33 cents per head of sheep and lambs exported, 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 charge is imposed on lambs, sheep, goats and buffalo exported from Australia by the Live- stock Export Charge Act 1977 (the Principal Act). The charge is payable by the exporter. Proceeds raised by the charge 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 8 and 9 of the Principal Act set out the maximum rate of charge which may be imposed on the export 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 charge of 0.33 cents per head of sheep and lambs exported, or a prescribed rate up to a maximum of 2 cents per head.

New subsections 13(5) and 13(6) are inserted in the Principal Act by item 5 of Schedule 1 of the Bill. Proposed subsection 13(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 13(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

18 July 1996

Parliamentary Research Service

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.