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National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2003



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INFORMATION, ANALYSIS AND ADVICE FOR THE PARLIAMENT

I N F O R M A T I O N A N D R E S E A R C H S E R V I C E S

Bills Digest No. 146 2002-03

National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2003

D E P A R T M E N T O F T H E P A R L I A M E N T A R Y L I B R A R Y

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I N F O R M A T I O N A N D R E S E A R C H S E R V I C E S

Bills Digest

No. 146 2002-03

National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2003

Rosemary Bell Law and Bills Digest Group 9 May 2003

Contents

Purpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Main Provisions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2003

Date Introduced: 27 March 2003

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Commencement: Royal Assent

Purpose

This Bill is part of a package of Bills the purpose of which is to increase the maximum National Residue Survey levy rate on honey from 0.3 cents per kilogram to 0.6 cents per kilogram.

Background

This Bill is complementary to the National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2003. Two bills are required to satisfy section 55 of the Constitution which in part provides that ‘laws imposing duties of customs shall deal with duties of customs only, and laws imposing duties of excise shall deal with duties of excise only’.

For further background the reader is referred to the Bills Digest on the National Residue Survey (Excise) Levy Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2003 (Bills Digest No. 145, 2002-03).

Main Provisions

Item 1 of Schedule 1 inserts the current rate of operative NRS levy on honey into the National Residue Survey (Customs) Levy Act 1998. Item 2 raises the maximum rate of the NRS levy on honey exported from Australia to 0.6 cents per kilogram. The current operative rate of 0.3 cents per kilogram will continue to be paid by honey producers. However the amendment will allow the operative rate to be increased by regulations should the honey industry require additional funding for residue monitoring programs.

Warning:

This Digest was prepared for debate. It reflects the legislation as introduced and does not canvass subsequent amendments.

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