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Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment (Rural and Regional Australia Statements) Bill 2021

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2019-2020-2021

 

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment

(Rural and Regional Australia Statements) Bill 2021

 

 

 

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

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STATEMENT OF COMPATIBILITY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circulated by authority of

Dr Helen Haines MP



Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment

(Rural and Regional Australia Statements) Bill 2021

 

OUTLINE

 

The purpose of the bill is to ensure that the obligations imposed on Government in the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 include an obligation to publicly release and table regular rural and regional Australia statements that are evidence-based and ensure tangible benefits are delivered to rural and regional communities in the context of a new, comprehensive national white paper for rural and regional Australia to be developed and published within 24 months of commencement of this Act.

 

FINANCIAL IMPACT

 

The bill will have no financial impact.

 

NOTES ON CLAUSES

 

Clause 1: Short Title

 

This clause provides for the citation of the Act as the Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment (Rural and Regional Australia Statements) Act 2021.

 

Clause 2: Commencement

 

This clause provides for the commencement of all Sections of the Act the day after the Act receives Royal Assent.

 

Clause 3: Schedules

 

This clause establishes that, as the intent of the Bill is to be realised through amendments to other Acts, the Schedules of this Bill will amend those Acts accordingly.

 

Schedule 1 - Amendments

 

Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998

 

Item 1 of Schedule 1:

 

Item 1 proposes an obligation upon the Treasurer to publicly release and table rural and regional Australia statements together with each budget economic and fiscal outlook report and each mid-year economic and fiscal outlook report.

 

Item 2 of Schedule 1:

 

Item 2 inserts a new Part 5A - Regional Australia Statements after existing Part 5 Annual Government Reporting of the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998.

 

Section 19A outlines the public release and tabling of rural and regional Australia statements by the Treasurer with each budget economic and fiscal outlook report and each mid-year economic and fiscal outlook report.

 

Section 19B outlines the purpose of rural and regional Australia statements to provide information to allow the assessment of the impact of Government initiatives and decisions on rural and regional Australia.

 

 

Section 19C details the contents of the rural and regional Australia statements, including the economic, social, cultural, and environmental impacts on rural and regional Australia of key Government initiatives.

 

In particular, it requires the Government to specify how its measures capitalise on the unique potential and opportunities that exist in rural and regional Australia (including initiatives to increase migration to rural and regional Australia, decentralision and business innovation) using robust and recent quantitative data.

 

It also requires the Government to explain why and how any Government initiatives have a detrimental impact on rural and regional Australia.

 

 

Section 19D allows for the Treasurer to request Commonwealth bodies to provide information to help in the preparation of regional Australia statements and that the Commonwealth body is to provide the information in time to allow the information to be taken into account in the preparation of the statements.

 

Section 19E requires the Treasurer to publish a national white paper for rural and regional Australia within 24 months after the commencement of this section, and to update that what paper every 24 months thereafter.

 

 

Dr Helen Haines MP

 

 

 

 



 

STATEMENT OF COMPATIBILITY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS

 

Prepared in accordance with Part 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011

 

Charter of Budget Honesty Amendment (Rural and Regional Australia Statements) Bill 2021

 

This bill is compatible with the human rights and freedoms recognised or declared in the international instruments listed in section 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 .

 

Overview of the bill

 

The purpose of the bill is to ensure that the obligations imposed on Government in the Charter of Budget Honesty Act 1998 include an obligation to publicly release and table regular rural and regional Australia statements that are evidence-based and ensure tangible benefits are delivered to rural and regional communities in the context of a national strategy.

 

Human rights implications

 

This bill does not engage any of the applicable rights or freedoms.

 

Conclusion

 

This bill is compatible with human rights because it does not raise any human rights issues.

 

 

 

Dr Helen Haines MP