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Thursday, 18 November 1993
Page: 3133


Senator COLLINS (Minister for Transport and Communications) (1.51 p.m.) —I table a supplementary explanatory memorandum relating to the government amendment to be moved to the Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Consequential Amendments Bill. I move:

  Clause 2, page 1, line 6, insert "Division 4 of Part 1 of" after "day on which".

The proposed amendment addresses a simple drafting error in the commencement clause of the Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Consequential Amendments Bill. As introduced, clause 2 of the consequential amendments bill provided for that bill to commence on the day on which the Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Act 1993—the principal bill—commences. However, the principal bill has more than one commencement date. Parts of the bill commence on royal assent, while the remainder commences on a day or days to be fixed by proclamation.

  The proposed amendment will link the commencement of the consequential amendments bill to the commencement of division 4 of part 1 of the principal bill. This linkage is relevant because division 4 of part 1 includes the provision which expands the role of the existing Seafarers Rehabilitation Compensation Authority to cover maritime industry occupational health and safety matters. The consequential amendments bill amends the Seafarers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992 to cover the expanded role of the authority.

  Amendment agreed to.

  Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Consequential Amendments Bill 1993 agreed to with an amendment and Occupational Health and Safety (Maritime Industry) Bill 1993 agreed to without amendment; report adopted.