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Green New Deal (Quit Coal and Renew Australia) Bill 2020

2019-2020

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Green New Deal (Quit Coal and Renew Australia) Bill 2020

 

No.      , 2020

 

(Mr Bandt)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to establish Renew Australia and restrict activities in relation to thermal coal, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

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

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

3............ Objects................................................................................................ 2

4............ Simplified outline of this Act.............................................................. 3

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

6............ Crown to be bound............................................................................. 4

7............ Extension to external Territories.......................................................... 4

8............ Extra-territorial application.................................................................. 4

Part 2—Renew Australia                                                                                                   5

Division 1—Establishment                                                                                          5

9............ Establishment...................................................................................... 5

Division 2—Functions                                                                                                    6

10.......... Functions—general............................................................................. 6

11.......... Law reform functions.......................................................................... 6

12.......... Advice function................................................................................... 9

13.......... Renewable energy project functions.................................................... 9

14.......... Functions—constitutional limits........................................................ 10

15.......... Functions—Minister may give directions......................................... 11

16.......... Commonwealth consent to conferral of functions etc. on Renew Australia by State and Territory laws  11

17.......... How duty is imposed on Renew Australia by State and Territory laws 12

18.......... When State and Territory laws impose a duty on Renew Australia... 13

Division 3—Powers, privileges and immunities                                             14

19.......... Renew Australia’s powers................................................................ 14

20.......... Renew Australia does not have privileges and immunities of the Crown 14

Part 3—Board of Renew Australia                                                                            15

Division 1—Establishment and functions                                                          15

21.......... Establishment.................................................................................... 15

22.......... Functions of the Board...................................................................... 15

Division 2—Board Members                                                                                   16

23.......... Membership...................................................................................... 16

24.......... Appointment of Board members....................................................... 16

25.......... Chair................................................................................................. 17

26.......... Term of appointment......................................................................... 17

27.......... Acting appointments......................................................................... 17

28.......... Remuneration.................................................................................... 18

29.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 18

30.......... Resignation of Board members......................................................... 19

31.......... Termination of appointment of Board members................................ 19

32.......... Other terms and conditions of Board members................................. 19

Division 3—Meetings of the Board                                                                      20

33.......... Convening meetings.......................................................................... 20

34.......... Presiding at meetings........................................................................ 20

35.......... Quorum............................................................................................. 20

36.......... Voting at meetings............................................................................ 21

37.......... Conduct of meetings......................................................................... 21

38.......... Minutes............................................................................................. 21

39.......... Decisions without meetings.............................................................. 21

Part 4—Chief Executive Officer, staff and consultants and committees 23

Division 1—Chief Executive Officer of Renew Australia                        23

40.......... Establishment.................................................................................... 23

41.......... Functions of the CEO....................................................................... 23

42.......... Appointment..................................................................................... 23

43.......... Term of appointment......................................................................... 24

44.......... Acting appointments......................................................................... 24

45.......... Terms and conditions........................................................................ 24

46.......... Outside employment......................................................................... 24

47.......... Leave of absence............................................................................... 25

48.......... Disclosure of interests....................................................................... 25

49.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 25

50.......... Termination of appointment.............................................................. 25

Division 2—Staff and consultants                                                                         27

51.......... Staff.................................................................................................. 27

52.......... Consultants....................................................................................... 27

Division 3—Committees                                                                                             28

53.......... Committees....................................................................................... 28

54.......... Remuneration and allowances........................................................... 28

Part 5—Finance                                                                                                                     30

55.......... Money payable to Renew Australia.................................................. 30

56.......... Application of money by Renew Australia....................................... 30

57.......... Borrowing from the Commonwealth................................................ 30

58.......... Borrowing from persons other than the Commonwealth.................. 31

59.......... Guarantee of borrowing.................................................................... 31

60.......... Renew Australia may give security................................................... 31

61.......... Renew Australia may charge fees..................................................... 32

62.......... Taxation............................................................................................ 32

Part 6—Restrictions on thermal coal activities                                                    33

63.......... Prohibition of the importation of thermal coal................................... 33

64.......... Prohibition of the exportation of thermal coal................................... 34

65.......... Offences relating to thermal coal activity........................................... 38

66.......... What is thermal coal activity ?........................................................... 40

67.......... Criminal liability of executive officers of bodies corporate............... 40

68.......... Constitutional matters........................................................................ 41

Part 7—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        42

69.......... Delegation by Renew Australia......................................................... 42

70.......... Delegation by Board......................................................................... 42

71.......... Delegation and subdelegation by CEO.............................................. 42

72.......... Rules................................................................................................. 43

Schedule 1—Timetable for phased closure of coal-fired power stations 44

1............ Timetable for phased closure of coal-fired power stations................ 44

 



A Bill for an Act to establish Renew Australia and restrict activities in relation to thermal coal, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:



Schedule 1 Timetable for phased closure of coal-fired power stations

Note:       See subsection 11(3).

   

   

1   Timetable for phased closure of coal-fired power stations

                   The following table sets out a timetable for the phased closure of coal-fired power stations:

 

Timetable for phased closure of coal-fired power stations

Item

Power Station

Year

Phase-out

New South Wales

1

Bayswater

2024

Full decommissioning

2

Eraring

2023

Full decommissioning

3

Liddell

2022

Full decommissioning

4

Mt Piper

2030

Full decommissioning

5

Vales Point

2026

Full decommissioning

Victoria

6

Loy Yang A

2024

Full decommissioning

7

Yallourn

2023

Full decommissioning

8

Loy Yang B

2030

Full decommissioning

Queensland

9

Stanwell

2030

Third unit closed

10

Gladstone

2027

Full decommissioning

11

Millmerran

2029

Full decommissioning

12

Tarong

2026

Full decommissioning

13

Kogan Creek

2027

First unit closed

14

Callide B

2028

Full decommissioning

15

Callide C

2028

Full decommissioning

Western Australia

16

Muja

2022

Full decommissioning

17

Collie

2030

Full decommissioning