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A Bill for an Act to provide for consequential and transitional matters relating to the enactment of the Asbestos-related Claims (Management of Commonwealth Liabilities) Act 2005 and the repeal of certain stevedoring legislation, and for related purposes
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Registered 26 May 2005
Introduced HR 25 May 2005

2004-2005

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

Asbestos-related Claims (Management of Commonwealth Liabilities) (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2005

 

No.      , 2005

 

(Employment and Workplace Relations)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to provide for consequential and transitional matters relating to the enactment of the Asbestos-related Claims (Management of Commonwealth Liabilities) Act 2005 and the repeal of certain stevedoring legislation, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

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

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

3............ Schedule(s).......................................................................................... 2

4............ Transfer of liabilities from Stevedoring Industry Finance Committee to Commonwealth      3

5............ Compensation for acquisition of property......................................... 3

6............ Regulations......................................................................................... 3

Schedule 1—Amendment of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988         5

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988                                            5

Schedule 2—Repeal of certain stevedoring legislation                                     6

Stevedoring Industry Finance Committee Act 1977                                             6

Stevedoring Industry Levy Act 1977                                                                        6

Stevedoring Industry Levy Collection Act 1977                                                    6

 


A Bill for an Act to provide for consequential and transitional matters relating to the enactment of the Asbestos-related Claims (Management of Commonwealth Liabilities) Act 2005 and the repeal of certain stevedoring legislation, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Asbestos-related Claims (Management of Commonwealth Liabilities) (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Act 2005.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  Sections 1 to 3 and anything in this Act not elsewhere covered by this table

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

2.  Section 4

Immediately after the commencement of Part 2 of the Asbestos-related Claims (Management of Commonwealth Liabilities) Act 2005.

 

3.  Sections 5 and 6

The day on which this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

4.  Schedule 1

At the same time as Part 2 of the Asbestos-related Claims (Management of Commonwealth Liabilities) Act 2005 commences.

 

5.  Schedule 2

Immediately after the commencement of section 4 of this Act.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally passed by the Parliament and assented to. It will not be expanded to deal with provisions inserted in this Act after assent.

             (2)  Column 3 of the table contains additional information that is not part of this Act. Information in this column may be added to or edited in any published version of this Act.

3  Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.

4  Transfer of liabilities from Stevedoring Industry Finance Committee to Commonwealth

                   On the commencement of this section:

                     (a)  a liability of any kind (whether actual, potential or contingent) of the Stevedoring Industry Finance Committee established by section 4 of the Stevedoring Industry Finance Committee Act 1977 ceases to be a liability of the Committee and becomes a liability of the Commonwealth; and

                     (b)  the Commonwealth becomes the successor in law in relation to the liability.

5  Compensation for acquisition of property

             (1)  If the operation of this Act would result in an acquisition of property from a person otherwise than on just terms, the Commonwealth is liable to pay a reasonable amount of compensation to the person.

             (2)  If the Commonwealth and the person do not agree on the amount of the compensation, the person may institute proceedings in a court of competent jurisdiction for the recovery from the Commonwealth of such reasonable amount of compensation as the court determines.

             (3)  The Consolidated Revenue Fund is appropriated for the purposes of this section.

             (4)  In this section:

acquisition of property has the same meaning as in paragraph 51(xxxi) of the Constitution.

just terms has the same meaning as in paragraph 51(xxxi) of the Constitution.

6  Regulations

             (1)  The Governor-General may make regulations prescribing matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.

             (2)  In particular, regulations may be made prescribing matters of a transitional nature (including prescribing any saving or application provisions) relating to:

                     (a)  the enactment of the Asbestos-related Claims (Management of Commonwealth Liabilities) Act 2005; or

                     (b)  the enactment of this Act; or

                     (c)  the amendments or repeals made by this Act.


 

Schedule 1Amendment of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988

  

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988

1  At the end of section 69

Add:

Note:          Functions have also been conferred on Comcare by other Acts, such as the Asbestos-related Claims (Management of Commonwealth Liabilities) Act 2005 and the Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991.

2  Subsection 73A(1)

After “other Act”, insert “(except the Asbestos-related Claims (Management of Commonwealth Liabilities) Act 2005)”.

3  At the end of section 73B

Add:

Note:          In certain circumstances Comcare requires the consent of the Minister before delegating the function conferred on it by section 12 of the Asbestos-related Claims (Management of Commonwealth Liabilities) Act 2005 or a power to do anything in connection with the performance of that function: see section 14 of that Act.

4  Subsection 91(1)

After “section 90D”, insert “of this Act or section 8 of the Asbestos-related Claims (Management of Commonwealth Liabilities) Act 2005”.

5  Paragraph 91(3)(a)

Omit “and under the Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991”, substitute “, the Occupational Health and Safety (Commonwealth Employment) Act 1991 or the Asbestos-related Claims (Management of Commonwealth Liabilities) Act 2005”.


 

Schedule 2Repeal of certain stevedoring legislation

  

1  Repeal of Acts

The Acts specified in this Schedule are repealed.

Stevedoring Industry Finance Committee Act 1977

Stevedoring Industry Levy Act 1977

Stevedoring Industry Levy Collection Act 1977