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A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to customs, and for related purposes
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Registered 13 Feb 2013
Introduced HR 06 Feb 2013
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2010‑2011‑2012‑2013

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customs Amendment (Anti‑Dumping Commission) Bill 2013

 

No.      , 2013

 

(Home Affairs)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to customs, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

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

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

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

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                3

Part 1—Main amendments                                                                                         3

Customs Act 1901                                                                                                        3

Customs Administration Act 1985                                                                            8

Part 2—Other amendments                                                                                      10

Criminal Code Act 1995                                                                                          10

Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006                                          10

Part 3—Transitional provisions                                                                              11

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to customs, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Customs Amendment (Anti‑Dumping Commission) Act 2013.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on 1 July 2013.

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                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.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 1Main amendments

Customs Act 1901

1  Subsection 4(1) (definition of Commissioner)

Repeal the definition, substitute:

Commissioner means the Commissioner of the Anti‑Dumping Commission established under section 269SMB.

2  After subsection 9(3)

Insert:

          (3A)  The Minister may, by signed instrument, delegate to the Commissioner any of the functions and powers of the Minister under Part XVB.

3  Subsection 9(4)

Omit “Despite subsection (1)”, substitute “Despite subsections (1) and (3A)”.

4  Paragraph 30(1)(d)

Omit “Commissioner’s”, substitute “Commissioner of Taxation’s”.

5  Paragraph 42(1B)(a)

Omit “CEO”, substitute “Commissioner”.

6  Subsection 114D(2)

Omit “Commissioner’s”, substitute “Commissioner of Taxation’s”.

7  After subsection 269SM(2)

Insert:

          (2A)  Division 1A deals with the establishment of the Anti‑Dumping Commission and the Commissioner.

8  Before Division 1 of Part XVB

Insert:

Division 1AAnti‑Dumping Commission and Commissioner

Subdivision APreliminary

269SMA  What this Division is about

•      This Division establishes the Anti‑Dumping Commission within the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

•      There is to be a Commissioner of the Anti‑Dumping Commission. The Commissioner has functions and powers under this Part.

•      The Commissioner is to be assisted by staff of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

Subdivision BAnti‑Dumping Commission

269SMB  Establishment

                   There is to be an Anti‑Dumping Commission within the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

269SMC  Constitution of the Anti‑Dumping Commission

                   The Anti‑Dumping Commission consists of:

                     (a)  the Commissioner; and

                     (b)  the staff assisting the Commissioner as mentioned in subsection 269SMQ(1).

269SMD  Function of the Anti‑Dumping Commission

                   The Anti‑Dumping Commission’s function is to assist the Commissioner in the performance of his or her functions or the exercise of his or her powers.

269SME  Anti‑Dumping Commission has privileges and immunities of the Crown

                   The Anti‑Dumping Commission has the privileges and immunities of the Crown in right of the Commonwealth.

Subdivision CCommissioner

269SMF  Establishment

             (1)  There is to be a Commissioner of the Anti‑Dumping Commission.

             (2)  The Commissioner has the powers and functions conferred or imposed on him or her by this Act or any other law.

269SMG  Powers of Commissioner

                   The Commissioner has the power to do all things necessary or convenient to be done for or in connection with the performance of his or her functions.

269SMH  Appointment

             (1)  The Commissioner is to be appointed by the Minister by written instrument.

             (2)  The Commissioner may be appointed on a full‑time or part‑time basis.

269SMI  Term of appointment

                   The Commissioner holds office for the period specified in the instrument of appointment. The period must not exceed 5 years.

Note:          The Commissioner may be reappointed: see section 33AA of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

269SMJ  Acting Commissioner

                   The Minister may appoint an individual to act as the Commissioner:

                     (a)  during a vacancy in the office of the Commissioner (whether or not an appointment has previously been made to the office); or

                     (b)  during any period, or during all periods, when the Commissioner is absent from duty or from Australia, or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of the office.

Note:          Sections 33AB and 33A of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 have rules that apply to acting appointments.

269SMK  Terms and conditions of appointment

             (1)  The Commissioner holds office on such terms and conditions as are determined in writing by the Minister.

             (2)  The office of Commissioner is not a public office for the purposes of Part II of the Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973.

269SML  Disclosure of interests to the Minister

                   The Commissioner must give written notice to the Minister of all interests, pecuniary or otherwise, that the Commissioner has or acquires and that conflict or could conflict with the proper performance of the Commissioner’s functions.

269SMM  Outside employment

Full‑time Commissioner

             (1)  If the Commissioner is appointed on a full‑time basis, he or she must not engage in paid employment outside the duties of his or her office without the Minister’s approval.

Part‑time Commissioner

             (2)  If the Commissioner is appointed on a part‑time basis, he or she must not engage in any paid employment that, in the Minister’s opinion, conflicts or may conflict with the proper performance of his or her duties.

269SMN  Resignation

             (1)  The Commissioner may resign his or her appointment by giving the Minister a written resignation.

             (2)  The resignation takes effect on the day it is received by the Minister or, if a later day is specified in the resignation, on that later day.

269SMO  Termination of appointment

             (1)  The Minister may terminate the appointment of the Commissioner:

                     (a)  for misbehaviour; or

                     (b)  if the Commissioner is unable to perform the duties of his or her office because of physical or mental incapacity.

             (2)  The Minister may terminate the appointment of the Commissioner if:

                     (a)  the Commissioner:

                              (i)  becomes bankrupt; or

                             (ii)  applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors; or

                            (iii)  compounds with his or her creditors; or

                            (iv)  makes an assignment of his or her remuneration for the benefit of his or her creditors; or

                     (b)  the Commissioner is absent, except on leave of absence, for 14 consecutive days or for 28 days in any 12 months; or

                     (c)  the Commissioner fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with section 269SML; or

                     (d)  the Commissioner is appointed on a full‑time basis and engages, except with the Minister’s approval, in paid employment outside the duties of his or her office (see subsection 269SMM(1)); or

                     (e)  the Commissioner is appointed on a part‑time basis and engages in paid employment that, in the Minister’s opinion, conflicts or may conflict with the proper performance of his or her duties (see subsection 269SMM(2)).

269SMP  Delegation

             (1)  The Commissioner may, by writing, delegate any of the Commissioner’s functions or powers to an officer of Customs.

             (2)  In performing functions or exercising powers under a delegation, the delegate must comply with any written directions of the Commissioner.

Subdivision DStaff assisting the Commissioner

269SMQ  Staff

             (1)  The staff assisting the Commissioner are to be staff referred to in section 15 of the Customs Administration Act 1985 and made available for the purpose by the CEO.

             (2)  When performing services for the Commissioner under this section, a person is subject to the directions of the Commissioner.

Note:          Subsection 4(2) of the Customs Administration Act 1985 provides that the CEO, under the Minister, controls the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.

9  Division 1 of Part XVB (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Division 1Definitions and role of Minister

10  Part XVB

Omit “CEO” (wherever occurring), substitute “Commissioner”.

11  Part XVB

Omit “CEO’s” (wherever occurring), substitute “Commissioner’s”.

12  Part XVB

Omit “CEO” (wherever occurring), substitute “Commissioner”.

13  Part XVB

Omit “CEO’s” (wherever occurring), substitute “Commissioner’s”.

14  Part XVB

Omit “CEO” (wherever occurring), substitute “Commissioner”.

Customs Administration Act 1985

15  Section 3

Insert:

Commissioner means the Commissioner of the Anti‑Dumping Commission established under section 269SMB of the Customs Act 1901.

16  Subsection 4(3)

After “CEO”, insert “, the Commissioner”.

17  Subsection 4(4)

After “under a law of customs”, insert “(other than Part XVB of the Customs Act 1901)”.

18  After subsection 14(4)

Insert:

          (4A)  The CEO may, by signed instrument, delegate to the Commissioner any of the powers of the CEO under section 16, to the extent that those powers apply in connection with Part XVB of the Customs Act 1901.

19  After paragraph 16(1AA)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the Commissioner; and

Part 2Other amendments

Criminal Code Act 1995

20  Section 146.1 of the Criminal Code (after paragraph (d) of the definition of Commonwealth law enforcement officer)

Insert:

                   (da)  the Commissioner of the Anti‑Dumping Commission established under section 269SMB of the Customs Act 1901; or

Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006

21  After paragraph 10(2A)(a)

Insert:

                    (aa)  the Commissioner of the Anti‑Dumping Commission established under section 269SMB of the Customs Act 1901;

Part 3Transitional provisions

22  Transitional—things done by, or in relation to, the CEO

(1)       A thing done by, or in relation to, the CEO under Part XVB of the Customs Act 1901 before the commencement of this item has effect, after that commencement, as if it had been done by, or in relation to, the Commissioner under that Part.

(2)       The Minister may, by writing, determine that subitem (1) does not apply in relation to a specified thing.

(3)       A determination made under subitem (2) is not a legislative instrument.

23  Transitional—legal proceedings involving the CEO

(1)       This item applies if:

                     (a)  any proceedings to which the CEO was a party were pending in any court or tribunal immediately before the commencement of this item; and

                     (b)  the proceedings relate to the operation of Part XVB of the Customs Act 1901.

(2)       The Commissioner is substituted for the CEO, from the commencement of this item, as a party to the proceedings.

24  Transitional regulations

The Governor‑General may make regulations prescribing matters of a transitional nature (including prescribing any saving or application provisions) relating to the amendments made by this Schedule.