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Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry (Amendment) (Tagging Live-stock) Bill 2016

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2016

 

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry (Amendment) (Tagging Live-stock) Bill 2016

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

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STATEMENT OF COMPATIBILITY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circulated by authority of

Andrew Wilkie MP

Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry (Amendment) (Tagging Live-stock) Bill 2016

 

 

OUTLINE

 

This bill seeks to ensure that all live-stock exported from Australia are fitted with an electronic tag and that data from the tag is captured at all stages of the export supply chain in order to improve traceability and transparency in the live export industry. The bill strengthens and reiterates in legislation the current mandated tagging that applies to exported cattle under the National Livestock Identification System and also extends the requirement to exported sheep and other live-stock. The bill responds to community concern about the welfare of exported live-stock and deficiencies in the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System, but also responds to concern among exporters and producers about the future sustainability of the industry.       

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT

 

The bill will have no financial impact.

 

NOTES ON CLAUSES

 

Clause 1: Short Title

 

1.       This clause is a formal provision and specifies the short title of the Bill as the Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry (Amendment) (Tagging Live-stock) Bill 2016.

 

Clause 2: Commencement

 

2.       This clause provides for the commencement of Sections 1 to 3 of the Act the day the Act receives Royal Assent, and the commencement of Schedule 1 of the Act on 1 January 2018.

 

Clause 3: Schedules

 

3.       This clause establishes that, as the intent of the Bill is to be realised through amendments to another Act, the Schedules of this Bill will amend that Act accordingly.

 

Schedule 1

 

Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry Act 1997

 

Item 1: After section 16

 

1.       Item 1 inserts a section 16A into the Act that specifies that a live-stock export license is subject to certain conditions.

2.       Subclause (a) specifies that all live-stock exported must be fitted with an electronic identification tag of a kind approved by the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.

3.       Subclause (b) specifies that data from the tag must be collected and recorded each time that the live-stock enters or exits a vessel or vehicle, feedlot or slaughter facility. Subclauses (b)(i) to (b)(vii) identify in detail what events need to occur for the data to be recorded.

4.       Subclause (c) specifies that data collected under subclause (b) is to be made available to the Secretary upon request.

 

Item 2: Application

 

5.       Item 2 makes it clear that the amendments made by item 1 apply to export licenses that are already in place when the Schedule commences, and not just to licenses issued in the future.



STATEMENT OF COMPATIBILITY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS

 

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

 

Australian Meat and Live-stock Industry (Amendment) (Tagging Live-stock) Bill 2016

 

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

 

This bill seeks to ensure that all live-stock exported from Australia are fitted with an electronic tag and that data from the tag is captured at all stages of the export supply chain in order to improve traceability and transparency in the live export industry.

 

Human rights implications

 

This bill does not engage any of the applicable rights or freedoms. 

 

Conclusion

 

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

 

 

 

 

Andrew Wilkie MP