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A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to veterans' affairs, and for other purposes
Administered by: Veterans' Affairs
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Registered 29 May 2009
Introduced HR 28 May 2009

2008‑2009

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Budget Measures) Bill 2009

 

No.      , 2009

 

(Veterans’ Affairs)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to veterans’ affairs, and for other purposes

  

  


Contents

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

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 1

3............ Schedule(s).......................................................................................... 1

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                 3

Part 1—Deposit of certain payments into foreign bank accounts                   3

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004                                         3

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                              3

Part 2—Amendments relating to insurance                                                             5

Defence Service Homes Act 1918                                                                              5

Part 3—Provisions relating to dependants’ pensions                                          7

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997                                                                              7

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                              7

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to veterans’ affairs, and for other purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Budget Measures) Act 2009.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day after it receives the Royal Assent.

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                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.


 

Schedule 1Amendments

Part 1Deposit of certain payments into foreign bank accounts

Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004

1  Subsection 430(1)

Omit “an account with a bank.”, substitute:

                   an account with:

                     (a)  a bank; or

                     (b)  if the person is physically outside Australia—a foreign corporation that takes money on deposit.

2  Subsection 430(4) (definition of account)

Repeal the definition, substitute:

account means an account, maintained by a person, to which money received on deposit by a bank, or a foreign corporation, from that person is credited.

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

3  Section 58C (note)

After “bank”, insert “or foreign corporation that takes money on deposit”.

4  Subsection 58F(1)

Omit “an account with a bank.”, substitute:

                   an account with:

                     (a)  a bank; or

                     (b)  if the person is physically outside Australia—a foreign corporation that takes money on deposit.

5  Paragraph 118PB(2)(c)

Omit “a bank”, substitute “an”.

6  Subsection 122(4) (note)

Omit “with a bank”.

7  Subsection 122A(1)

Omit all the words after “or in common with another person,”, substitute:

                   with:

                     (a)  a bank; or

                     (b)  if the pensioner is physically outside Australia—a foreign corporation that takes money on deposit.

8  After subsection 122A(1)

Insert:

       (1AA)  If the Commission gives a direction under subsection (1), the pension is payable in accordance with the direction.

9  Subsection 122A(1B)

Omit “under subsection (1)”, substitute “under subsection (1AA)”.

10  Section 122C

Repeal the section, substitute:

122C  Payment of pension or allowance outside Australia

                   If a pension, allowance or other pecuniary benefit under this Act, other than a pension or allowance to which section 58A applies, is payable to a person who is physically outside Australia, then it may be paid:

                     (a)  in the manner determined by the Commission; and

                     (b)  in the instalments determined by the Commission.


 

Part 2Amendments relating to insurance

Defence Service Homes Act 1918

11  After section 38CA

Insert:

38CAA  Insurance of certain other houses etc.—Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme Act 2008

             (1)  The Commonwealth may undertake insurance of, or in relation to:

                     (a)  a house in which a person who is eligible under the Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme Act 2008 has an interest; or

                     (b)  building materials on the site of a house mentioned in paragraph (a), being materials used in the building of, or otherwise in relation to, the house; or

                     (c)  any permanent improvement of a structural kind that has been made to a house mentioned in paragraph (a), or that has been constructed on the land on which such a house is built, and any building materials on the site of, and used in the building of, or in relation to, such an improvement.

             (2)  The Commonwealth may undertake insurance against risks related to the land on which a house mentioned in paragraph (1)(a) is built, or on which a house mentioned in paragraph (1)(b) is being, or is to be, built.

             (3)  In this section:

eligible and house have the same respective meanings as in the Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme Act 2008.

Note:       The heading to section 38CA is altered by adding at the end “—Home Loans Assistance Act”.

12  After section 38EA

Insert:

38EAA  Termination of insurance undertaken under section 38CAA

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  the Commonwealth has undertaken insurance under section 38CAA in relation to a house in which a person who is eligible under the Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme Act 2008 has an interest; and

                     (b)  the person ceases to be eligible.

             (2)  If this section applies:

                     (a)  the insurance undertaken in relation to the house does not cease to have effect when the person ceases to be eligible; and

                     (b)  unless the insurance has already ceased to have effect for some other reason, the Secretary must give reasonable notice in writing to each person having an interest in the house that the insurance will cease to have effect on a day specified in the notice.

             (3)  If the Secretary gives a notice under paragraph (2)(b), the insurance ceases to have effect on the day specified in the notice unless it has already ceased to have effect.

             (4)  If this section applies because a person dies and the person is survived by a widow or widower, the Secretary must not give a notice under paragraph (2)(b) in relation to the house unless the Secretary is satisfied that the widow or widower is not eligible.

             (5)  In this section:

eligible and house have the same respective meanings as in the Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme Act 2008.


 

Part 3Provisions relating to dependants’ pensions

Income Tax Assessment Act 1997

13  Section 11‑15 (table item headed “social security or like payments”)

After:

      farm help income support..................................

53‑10 and 53‑15

insert:

      lump sum payment under section 198N of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986........................................

 

52‑65

14  After subsection 52‑65(1D)

Insert:

           (1E)  A lump sum payment under section 198N of the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 is exempt from income tax.

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

15  After section 198M

Insert:

198N  Cancellation of entitlement to pension

             (1)  This section applies if, because of subsection 4(6) or (8B) of the Veterans’ Entitlements (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Act 1986, a pension is payable to a person, including a pension whose rate has been reduced to nil.

             (2)  Despite section 4 of that Act, the pension is not payable to the person on or after 22 September 2009.

             (3)  However, the person is entitled to receive a lump sum payment, to be paid on or after 24 September 2009, equal to 3 years’ worth of the pension, calculated according to the rate at which the person’s last pension payment was paid.

             (4)  Subsections (2) and (3) do not apply to a person who is paid a pension on the basis that the person was, at the time section 66 of the Repatriation Legislation Amendment Act 1985 came into force, without adequate means of support.