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Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Page: 9460


Senator SCULLION (Northern TerritoryMinister for Indigenous Affairs and Leader of The Nationals in the Senate) (17:33): I move:

That this bill may proceed without formalities and be now read a first time.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a first time.

Senator SCULLION: I move:

That the provisions of paragraphs (5) to (8) of standing order 111 not apply to the bill, allowing it to be considered during this period of sittings.

I table a statement of reasons justifying the need for this bill to be considered during these sittings and seek leave to have the statement incorporated into Hansard.

Leave granted.

The statement read as follows—

STATEMENT OF REASONS FOR INTRODUCTION AND PASSAGE IN THE 2015 SPRING SITTINGS

EXPORT CONTROL AMENDMENT (QUOTAS) BILL 2015

Purpose of the Bill

The bill consolidates four Acts that govern export tariff rate quotas into one Act that governs all commodities.

Reasons for Urgency

Introduction and passage in 2015 Spring sittings is required to enable an orderly transition to the new arrangements for the commencement of the Japanese quota year on 1 April 2016. Urgent consideration by the Senate will enable sufficient time for subordinate instruments to be drafted and considered by the Federal Executive Council, and quota certificates to be issued for shipments that will enter Japan on the first day of the quota year.

Question agreed to.