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National Residue Survey (Aquatic Animal Export) Levy Bill 1992



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House: House of Representatives Portfolio: Resources

Purpose To impose formally a levy on the export of certain aquatic animals and products for the purpose of recovering the costs of monitoring and reporting on the level of contaminants in such animals and products.

Background Refer to the Digest for the National Residue Survey Administration Bill 1992.

Main Provisions This Bill will have effect from 1 July 1993 (clause 2).

`Aquatic animal' is defined by clause 4 to include: * live, fresh or processed fish; * crustaceans and molluscs; * aquatic reptiles; and * all other forms of amphibious or aquatic animal life; but does not include: * aquatic mammals; * oyster spat or live fish ova; * aquarium fish; and * shells from which fish have been removed.

`Aquatic animal product' is defined by clause 4 to mean a product of which the major component is aquatic animal.

The National Residue Survey Levy will be imposed on the export of aquatic animals and aquatic animal products by clause 5. Levy will not be imposed on prescribed aquatic animals and aquatic animal products.

Clause 6 deals with rate of levy. The operative rate of levy for: * fin fish will be $0.01 per kilo; * abalone will be $0.026 per kilo; * other crustaceans and molluscs will be $0.05 per kilo; and * any other aquatic animal will be $0.01 per kilo.

The maximum rate of levy which may be prescribed for: * fin fish will be $0.05 per kilo; * abalone will be $0.05 per kilo; * other crustaceans and molluscs will be $0.05 per kilo; and * any other aquatic animal will be $0.05 per kilo. The regulations may prescribe different rates of levy for different groups of aquatic animals within the same class of aquatic animals; and aquatic animal products produced from different groups of aquatic animals within the same class of aquatic animals.

The levy will be payable by the producer (clause 7). It is stated in the Explanatory Memorandum to this Bill that a regulation will prescribe `aquatic animals' and `aquatic animal products' for the purposes of paragraph 4(1)(g) of the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991 and the producer will therefore be the exporter.

Bills Digest Service 26 November 1992 Parliamentary Research Service

This Digest does not have any official legal status. Other sources should be consulted to determine the subsequent official status of the Bill.

Commonwealth of Australia 1992.

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Published by the Department of the Parliamentary Library, 1992.