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2013-2014-2015

 

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIGH SPEED RAIL PLANNING AUTHORITY BILL 2015

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

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STATEMENT OF COMPATIBILITY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circulated by authority of

Anthony Albanese MP



 

 

 

OUTLINE

 

The Bill establishes an Authority to continue work towards establishing high speed rail on the east coast of Australia. 

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT

 

The bill will have no financial impact.

 

NOTES ON CLAUSES

 

Clause 1 sets the title of the Act.

 

Clause 2 states that the Act commences on a day when a budget appropriation is made for the operation of the Authority.

 

Clause 3 lists the objects of the Bill - to establish an Authority to advise on, plan and develop high speed rail (HSR) and to ensure the HSR corridor is reserved.

 

Clause 4 outlines the Act.

 

Clause 5 lists definitions.

 

Clause 6 provides that the Crown is bound.

 

Clause 7 establishes the Authority and its governance under finance law.

 

Clause 8 provides that the Authority will have eleven members.

 

Clause 9 lists the functions and powers of the Authority - including land use planning, efficient development, reducing environmental impacts, ensuring efficient and cost-effective rail transport, and to consult with interested bodies and the public on HSR matters. The Authority is empowered to do all things necessary to perform its functions.

 

Clause 10 provides that the Authority has the privileges and immunities of the Crown.

 

Clause 11 provides for the membership of the Authority, appointed by the Minister. Five members (one of which will be nominated as Chair) who the Minister considers has appropriate qualifications, knowledge, skills or experience; one each nominated by the Governments of NSW, Victoria, Queensland and the ACT; one nominated by the Australian Local Government Association and one appointed by the Australasian Railway Association.

 

Clause 12 provides for three year terms of appointment.

 

Clause 13 provides for acting appointments to the Authority.

 

Division 3 (clauses 14-20) lists standard terms and conditions of the appointment of Authority members, including outside employment, disclosure of interests and termination.

Division 4 (clauses 21-22) sets out the basis under which staff and consultants can be engaged.

 

Part 3 (clauses 23-28) sets out standard rules for the conduct of meetings of the Authority, including calling of meetings, quorum, voting and keeping of minutes.

 

Part 4 (clause 29) provides that the Minister may make rules.

 



 

 

STATEMENT OF COMPATIBILITY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS

 

Prepared in accordance with Part 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011

 

 

HIGH SPEED RAIL PLANNING AUTHORITY BILL 2015

 

This bill is compatible with the human rights and freedoms recognised or declared in the international instruments listed in section 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011

 

Overview of the bill

 

The Bill establishes an Authority to continue work towards establishing high speed rail on the east coast of Australia. 

 

 

Human rights implications

 

Nil

 

Conclusion

 

This bill is compatible with human rights because it does not raise any human rights issues.

 

 

Anthony Albanese MP