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National Firearms Program Implementation Bill 1998

1996-97-98

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Firearms Program Implementation Bill 1998

 

No.      , 1998

 

(Attorney-General)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to provide for financial assistance in connection with the implementation of the national firearms program, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

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

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

3............ Definitions..........................................................................................

4............ Amnesty period..................................................................................

5............ Payments in respect of qualifying compensation................................

6............ Other financial assistance and payments.............................................

7............ Appropriation.....................................................................................

 



A Bill for an Act to provide for financial assistance in connection with the implementation of the national firearms program, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1   Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the National Firearms Program Implementation Act 1998 .

2   Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3   Definitions

                   In this Act:

amnesty period , in relation to a Territory, means the period notified by the Attorney-General under section 4 in relation to that Territory.

national firearms program means the program of measures agreed to by the Australasian Police Ministers’ Council at its meetings on 10 May 1996, 17 July 1996, 15 November 1996 and 16 July 1997.

qualifying compensation , in relation to a Territory, means compensation, to the extent that it meets the following conditions:

                     (a)  the compensation is paid under a compensation scheme approved by the Attorney-General in writing for the purposes of this Act;

                     (b)  the compensation is paid:

                              (i)  for property surrendered by a person during the amnesty period; or

                             (ii)  to meet a claim for compensation for loss of business lodged by a person during the amnesty period;

                     (c)  the compensation relates to:

                              (i)  self-loading rifles, self-loading shotguns or pump-action shotguns; or

                             (ii)  firearms or other weapons certified by the Attorney-General (whether before or after the compensation is paid) to be firearms or other weapons whose surrender is consistent with the spirit of the national firearms program.

Territory means Norfolk Island, the Territory of Christmas Island or the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

4   Amnesty period

             (1)  The Attorney-General may, by notice in the Gazette , notify a period as the amnesty period in relation to a Territory for the purposes of this Act.

             (2)  A notice under subsection (1) cannot be amended or revoked.

5   Payments in respect of qualifying compensation

             (1)  The Attorney-General may authorise:

                     (a)  payments of qualifying compensation in relation to a Territory; or

                     (b)  payments to a Territory by way of reimbursement for qualifying compensation paid by the Territory.

             (2)  The Attorney-General may authorise the payment to a Territory of advances on account of amounts that are expected to become payable to the Territory under paragraph (1)(b).

             (3)  If the total amount paid to a Territory under this section is more than the total amount of qualifying compensation paid by the Territory, then the Territory must repay the excess to the Commonwealth.

             (4)  An amount payable by a Territory to the Commonwealth under subsection (3) is recoverable by the Commonwealth as a debt in a court of competent jurisdiction.

6   Other financial assistance and payments

             (1)  In addition to payments under section 5, the Attorney-General may authorise:

                     (a)  the payment to a Territory of other amounts in connection with the implementation of the national firearms program; and

                     (b)  other payments by the Commonwealth in connection with the implementation of the national firearms program.

             (2)  The total of the amounts that may be authorised under this section and section 5 of the National Firearms Program Implementation Act 1996 cannot be more than the limit notified under subsection 5(2) of that Act.

7   Appropriation

                   The Consolidated Revenue Fund is appropriated for payments under this Act.