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WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION (PREVENTION OF PROLIFERATION) BILL 1994
[1995]

Order of the day read for the adjourned debate on the motion of the

Minister for the Environment, Sport and Territories (Senator

Faulkner)--That this bill be now read a second time.

Debate resumed.

Question put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate resolved itself into committee for the consideration of the

bill.

In the committee

Bill, taken as a whole, by leave.

Explanatory memorandum: The Minister for Family Services (Senator

Crowley) tabled a supplementary explanatory memorandum relating to the

Government amendments to be moved to the bill.

On the motion of Senator Crowley the following amendments, taken

together by leave, were debated and agreed to:

Clause 9, page 5, paragraph (1)(d), line 34, after "person", insert

"under section 12".

Clause 9, page 6, subclause (2), line 1, omit the subclause, substitute

the following subclause:

"(2) It is not an offence against subsection (1) for a person to

supply goods to another person if the goods are supplied in compliance

with conditions stated in a notice given to the first-mentioned person

by the Minister under subsection 14(2).".

Clause 10, page 6, paragraph (1)(d), line 9, after "person", insert

"under section 12".

Clause 10, page 6, subclause (2), line 19, omit the subclause,

substitute the following subclause:

"(2) It is not an offence against subsection (1) for a person to

export non-regulated goods if the goods are exported in compliance

with conditions stated in a notice given to the person by the Minister

under subsection 14(2).".

Clause 11, page 6, paragraph (1)(d), line 28, after "person", insert

"under section 12".

Clause 11, page 6, subclause (2), line 37, omit the subclause,

substitute the following subclause:

"(2) It is not an offence against subsection (1) for a person to

provide services to another person if the services are provided in

compliance with conditions stated in a notice given to the

first-mentioned person by the Minister under subsection 14(2).".

Clause 14, page 8, subclause (7), lines 35 to 39, omit the subclause.

Question--That the bill, as amended, be agreed to--divided in respect of

clause 13--

Clause 13 debated and agreed to.

Senator Margetts moved the following amendment:

After clause 13, page 7, insert the following clause:

Permits disallowable

"13A.(1) A permit is a disallowable instrument for the purposes of

section 46A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

"(2) A permit may not come into force before the expiration of the

last day of the period within which it may be disallowed by either

House of the Parliament.".

Debate ensued.

Question--That the amendment be agreed to--put and negatived.

Senator Margetts moved the following amendment:

After clause 20, page 11, insert the following clause:

Program of International Cooperation to support prohibitions

"20A.(1) The object of this section is to require the Minister to

prepare and implement a Program of International Cooperation on Energy

Resources (the Program) to eliminate the risk that nuclear weapons may

be developed from nuclear energy resources.

"(2) The purpose of the Program is to supplement and make more

effective the prohibitions in this Act on the supply or export of

goods or the provision of services, in relation to weapons of mass

destruction.

"(3) The Minister must prepare a Program in consultation with other

nations (including developing countries), international bodies and

private organisations, to promote and assist the development and use

of non-nuclear energy resources in developing countries with a view to

eliminating the risk that nuclear weapons may be developed from

nuclear energy resources.

"(4) The Program must, as far as practicable, include details of the

steps to be taken in accordance with stated goals and targets and the

funds to be used by the Commonwealth under the Program, to assist

developing countries meet their energy needs through:

(a) the use of non-nuclear energy resources;

(b) the development of technologies to facilitate such use;

(c) the reduction of non-renewable energy resources and their

substitution by renewable energy resources; and

(d) the exchange between the Commonwealth and developing countries

of personnel to train or be trained in energy sciences and

technologies with a view to increasing the effective use of

non-nuclear energy resources and reducing the use of

non-renewable energy resources.

"(5) A copy of the Program is to be laid before each House of the

Parliament not later than 12 months after the commencement of this

Act.

"(6) The Minister may amend the Program from time to time. The Program

as amended is to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 5

sitting days of such amendment.

"(7) The Minister must, as far as practicable, implement the Program

in accordance with the goals and targets stated in the Program.

"(8) A report on the implementation of the Program is to be prepared

with respect to each succeeding period of 12 months commencing after

the Program is first laid before each House of the Parliament.

"(9) The report is to be laid before each House of the Parliament not

later than 4 months after the end of the period to which it relates.

"(10) Money for the purposes of this section is to be appropriated by

the Parliament from the Consolidated Revenue Fund.".

Debate ensued.

Question--That the amendment be agreed to--put and negatived.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Bill to be reported with amendments.

The President resumed the Chair and the Chairman of Committees (Senator

Crichton-Browne) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Minister for Family Services (Senator Crowley) the

report from the committee was adopted and the bill read a third time.