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Live-stock Export Charge Amendment Bill 1995 [and] Beef Production Levy Amendment Bill 1995 [and] Cattle Export Charges Amendment Bill 1995 [and] Cattle Transaction Levy Bill 1995 [and] Live-stock Slaughter Levy Amendment Bill 1995 [and] Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Amendment Bill 1995



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House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Primary Industries and Energy

Commencement: 1 July 1995

Purpose

The major amendments introduce a component of the live-stock export charge to fund the proposed Meat Industry Council and give the Meat Industry Council, rather than the Australian Meat and Live-stock Corporation and Meat Research Corporation, the role for making recommendations to the Minister with respect to rates of charge.

The amendments proposed by this Bill reflect the relationship between the Australian Meat and Live-stock Corporation, Meat Research Corporation and Meat Industry Council proposed by the Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1995.

Background

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.

The Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991 provides for the collection of the charge. Proceeds raised by the charge are apportioned between the Australian Meat and Live-stock Corporation, the Meat Research Corporation and the Exotic Animal Disease Preparedness Consultative Council.

Main Provisions

Sections 7-11 of the Principal Act set out the rates of charge imposed on the export of cattle, sheep, lambs, buffaloes and goats. The rate of charge under the Principal Act on the export of cattle (section 7) is $0.00 and not operative. The rate is set by Cattle Transaction Levy Act 1990. Section 7A allows the Minister to make a declaration declaring the charge scheme established by the Cattle Transaction Levy Act 1990 to not be operating in a satisfactory manner. Where such a declaration is made, section 7 of the Principal Act operates. The Minister has not made such a declaration.

Sections 7 to 11 of the Principal Act are repealed by item 4 and new sections 8-11 substituted. The main effect of item 4 is to introduce a component of the live-stock export charge which is to fund the proposed Meat Industry Council. Proposed section 10 also introduces a component of the charge, on the export of buffalo, to fund the Rural Industries and Development Corporation.

The main effect of item 5 is to give the proposed Meat Industry Council, rather than the Australian Meat and Live-stock Corporation and Meat Research Corporation, the role for making recommendations to the Minister with respect to rates of levy.

The amendments made by the Schedule to this Bill will apply in respect to live-stock exported after 1 July 1995. The Principal Act will continue to apply to live-stock exported before 1 July 1995 ( item 6).

Ian Ireland (06 2772438)

Bills Digest Service 8 May 1995

Parliamentary Research Service

This Digest does not have any legal status. Other sources should be consulted to

determine whether this Bill has been enacted and, if so whether the subsequent Act reflects further amendments.

Commonwealth of Australia 1995

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