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A Bill for an Act to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to prevent the Commonwealth from handing responsibility for approving proposed actions that significantly impact matters protected under the Act to a State or Territory, and for related purposes
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Registered 29 Nov 2012
Introduced Senate 27 Nov 2012
Table of contents.

 

2010‑2011‑2012

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Retaining Federal Approval Powers) Bill 2012

 

No.      , 2012

 

(Senator Waters)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to prevent the Commonwealth from handing responsibility for approving proposed actions that significantly impact matters protected under the Act to a State or Territory, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

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

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

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

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                3

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999                   3

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to prevent the Commonwealth from handing responsibility for approving proposed actions that significantly impact matters protected under the Act to a State or Territory, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Retaining Federal Approval Powers) Act 2012.

2  Commencement

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                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.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

  

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

1  Paragraph 11(a)

Omit “a bilateral”, substitute “an”.

2  Division 1 of Part 4

Repeal the Division.

3  Paragraphs 44(c) and (d)

Omit “and approval”.

4  Subparagraphs 45(2)(a)(iii) and (iv)

Omit “and approval”.

5  Section 46

Repeal the section.

6  Subsection 47(4)

Omit “but the action must still be approved under Part 9”.

7  Subsection 48(3) (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Relationship with section 47

8  Subsection 48(3)

Omit “sections 46 and”, substitute “section”.

9  Subsection 48A(1)

Omit “46 or”.

10  Subsection 48A(1)

Omit “(2) or” (wherever occurring).

11  Subsection 48A(1)

Omit “(as appropriate)”.

12  Subsection 48A(2)

Repeal the subsection.

13  Subsection 51(1)

Omit “(1)”.

14  Subsection 51(2)

Repeal the subsection.

15  Subsection 51A(1)

Omit “(1)”.

16  Subsection 51A(2)

Repeal the subsection.

17  Subsection 52(1)

Omit “(1)”.

18  Subsection 52(2)

Repeal the subsection.

19  Subsection 53(1)

Omit “(1)”.

20  Subsection 53(2)

Repeal the subsection.

21  Subsection 54(1)

Omit “(1)”.

22  Subsection 54(2)

Repeal the subsection.

23  Section 55

Omit “, or accredit for the purposes of a bilateral agreement a management arrangement or an authorisation process,”.

24  Subsection 59(1) (examples 1 to 3)

Repeal the examples.

25  Section 64

Repeal the section.

26  Section 65A

Repeal the section.

27  Section 66

Omit “(It does not deal with actions that a bilateral agreement declares not to need approval.)”.

28  Paragraph 77A(1A)(b)

Omit “relates; or”, substitute “relates.”

29  Paragraph 77A(1A)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

30  Subparagraph 78(1)(ba)(i)

Omit “a bilateral agreement and a management arrangement or an authorisation process that is a bilaterally accredited management arrangement or a bilaterally accredited authorisation process for the purposes of the agreement”, substitute “an agreement”.

31  Subparagraph 78(1)(ba)(ii)

Omit “, or the management arrangement or authorisation process is no longer in force under, or set out in, a law of a State or a self‑governing Territory identified in or under the agreement”.

32  Subsection 82(2)

Omit “1,”.

33  Subsection 82(2)

Omit “a bilateral”, substitute “an”.

34  Subsection 146(2) (note 2)

Omit “, or make a bilateral agreement declaring,”.

35  Section 528 (definition of bilaterally accredited authorisation process)

Repeal the definition.

36  Section 528 (definition of bilaterally accredited management arrangement)

Repeal the definition.