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Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority Bill 2009 [No. 2]

2008-2009

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Received from the House of Representatives and read a first time, 17 November 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority Bill 2009

 

No.      , 2009

 

(Climate Change and Water)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to establish the Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority , and for other purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Simplified outline................................................................................ 2

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

5............ Vacancy in the office of a member of the Authority............................ 6

6............ Crown to be bound............................................................................. 6

7............ Extension to external Territories.......................................................... 6

8............ Extension to exclusive economic zone and continental shelf............... 7

8A......... Extension to Joint Petroleum Development Area................................ 7

9............ Application to foreign ships................................................................ 7

Part 2—Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority                         8

Division 1—Authority’s establishment, functions, powers and liabilities              8

10.......... Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority............................... 8

11.......... Functions of the Authority.................................................................. 8

12.......... Powers of the Authority...................................................................... 8

14.......... Authority’s liabilities are Commonwealth liabilities............................ 9

15.......... Authority has privileges and immunities of the Crown....................... 9

Division 2—Constitution and membership of the Authority                  10

16.......... Constitution of the Authority............................................................ 10

17.......... Membership of the Authority............................................................ 10

18.......... Appointment of members of the Authority....................................... 10

19.......... Period of appointment for members of the Authority........................ 11

20.......... Acting members of the Authority...................................................... 11

Division 3—Terms and conditions for members of the Authority      13

21.......... Remuneration.................................................................................... 13

22.......... Disclosure of interests to the Minister............................................... 13

23.......... Disclosure of interests to the Authority............................................. 13

24.......... Outside employment......................................................................... 14

25.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 14

26.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 14

27.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 15

28.......... Other terms and conditions............................................................... 15

Division 4—Decision-making by the Authority                                             16

29.......... Holding of meetings.......................................................................... 16

30.......... Presiding at meetings........................................................................ 16

31.......... Quorum............................................................................................. 16

32.......... Voting at meetings etc....................................................................... 16

33.......... Conduct of meetings......................................................................... 16

34.......... Minutes............................................................................................. 16

Division 5—Delegation                                                                                               18

35.......... Delegation by the Authority.............................................................. 18

Division 6—Staff of the Authority etc.                                                               19

36.......... Staff.................................................................................................. 19

37.......... Persons assisting the Authority......................................................... 19

38.......... Consultants....................................................................................... 19

Division 7—Planning and reporting obligations                                           20

39.......... Corporate plan................................................................................... 20

40.......... Annual report.................................................................................... 20

Division 8—Other matters                                                                                       22

41.......... Minister may give directions to the Authority................................... 22

42.......... Chair of the Authority not subject to direction by the Authority on certain matters  22

Part 3—Secrecy                                                                                                                      23

43.......... Secrecy.............................................................................................. 23

44.......... Disclosure or use for the purposes of this Act or a climate change law 24

45.......... Disclosure to the Minister................................................................. 24

46.......... Disclosure to the Secretary etc.......................................................... 24

47.......... Disclosure to a Royal Commission................................................... 25

48.......... Disclosure to certain agencies, bodies and persons........................... 25

49.......... Disclosure to certain financial bodies................................................ 27

50.......... Disclosure with consent.................................................................... 29

51.......... Disclosure of publicly available information..................................... 29

52.......... Disclosure of summaries or statistics................................................ 30

53.......... Delegation......................................................................................... 30

Part 4—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        31

54.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 31

 



A Bill for an Act to establish the Australian Climate Change Regulatory Authority , and for other purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts: