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2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL WATER COMMISSION BILL

 

 

 

 

SUPPLEMENTARY EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

 

Amendments and New Clauses to be Moved on Behalf of the Government

 

 

 

 

 

(Circulated by authority of the Acting Prime Minister,

 the Honourable John Anderson MP)

 

 



NATIONAL WATER COMMISSION BILL 2004

 

OUTLINE

The purpose of the National Water Commission Bill 2004 (the Bill) is to establish the National Water Commission (the Commission) as an independent statutory body, as required under the National Water Initiative (NWI).  The proposed amendments clarify the role of the Commission in providing advice and recommendations to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on water matters of national significance.

 

Financial Impact Statement

The proposed amendments have no additional financial impact. 

 

 

NATIONAL WATER COMMISSION BILL 2004

Amendments and New Clauses

 

NOTES ON CLAUSES

 

Clause 7:  Functions of the NWC

 

Subclause 7(1)(b) provides for the Commission to advise the Commonwealth on any water matter of national significance.  A matter may be nationally significant, for example, because of the scale of its impacts on water resources or communities, by virtue of its involving more than one government, or its importance to the overall progress of water reform within a jurisdiction. 

 

Subclause 7(1)(ba) provides for the Commission to also advise and make recommendations to COAG on any water matter of national significance.  This clause makes it clear that the Commission has a role in providing advice and recommendations to COAG.

 

Subclause 7(4A) provides that, where, in accordance with the provisions of  section 7, advice or recommendations are to be given to COAG, that advice will be given to the State and Territory parties to the NWI at the same time as it is provided to the Minister.  

 

Subclause 7(5) This is a consequential amendment arising from the amendment to subclause 7(4A).  It makes it clear that the reference to the parties to the NWI in subclause 7(4A) does not include the Commonwealth.