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Competition and Consumer Amendment (Safeguarding the Reputation of Australian Beef) Bill 2017

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2017

 

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Safeguarding the Reputation of Australian Beef) Bill 2017

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

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STATEMENT OF COMPATIBILITY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circulated by authority of

the Member for Mayo, Ms Rebekha Sharkie MP



Competition and Consumer Amendment (Safeguarding the Reputation of Australian Beef) Bill 2017

 

 

OUTLINE

 

The Bill will penalise Australian cattle exporters that do not take reasonable steps to ensure that Australian cattle that is slaughtered, or processed after slaughter in a foreign country, is not marketed as Australian beef.

 

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT

 

The bill will have no financial impact.

 

 

NOTES ON CLAUSES

 

Clause 1: Short Title

Clause 1 provides for the Bill, once enacted, to be cited as the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Safeguarding the Reputation of Australian Beef) Bill 2017 .

 

Clause 2: Commencement

Clause 2 provides for the Bill to commence on the day after the Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Clause 3: Schedules

Clause 3 provides that legislation specified in a Schedule is amended or repealed as set out in that Schedule.

 

Schedule 1 - Amendments

 

s137A creates a pecuniary penalty where a person (including a body corporate) is engaged in the business of exporting cattle where that cattle are slaughtered, or processed after slaughter in a foreign country, and that person markets any products that result from that slaughter as Australian beef, or does not take all reasonable steps to ensure that any such products are not marketed as Australian beef.

 

These amendments will mitigate potential reputational risks to the Australian cattle and beef industry from persons (or body corporates) who would otherwise seek to market beef (including beef products) as Australian beef when it is produced from slaughter, or processing after slaughter, in a foreign country.

 



STATEMENT OF COMPATIBILITY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS

 

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

 

 

Competition and Consumer Amendment (Safeguarding the Reputation of Australian Beef) Bill 2017

 

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 will penalise Australian cattle exporters if they make misrepresentations about Australian beef that is slaughtered, or processed after slaughter in a foreign country.

 

Human rights implications

 

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

 

Conclusion

 

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

 

 

 

 

Ms Rebekha Sharkie MP