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A Bill for an Act to stop the Environment Minister exempting shark drum lines from the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and for related purposes
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Registered 27 Mar 2014
Introduced Senate 25 Mar 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013-2014

 

 

 

THE PARLIAMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAVE OUR SHARKS BILL 2014

 

 

EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Circulated by the authority of Senator Rachel Siewert)

 

 


 

Save Our Sharks Bill 2014

 

GENERAL OUTLINE: Policy Rationale

 

This Bill seeks to void the Ministerial exemption granted on 10 January 2014 in relation to the shark cull in Western Australia, and will also ensure that no similar declaration or exemption will have any effect.

 

NOTES ON CLAUSES

 

Clause 1 – Short title

 

This clause provides for the Bill, when enacted, to be cited as the Save Our Sharks Act 2014.

 

Clause 2 – Commencement

 

This clause provides for the Act to commence on the date of introduction, 25 March 2014.

 

Clause 3 – Exemptions

 

Subclause 3(1) provides that the Minister for the Environment must not grant an exemption under section 158 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 in relation to drum lines deployed for the purposes of catching sharks.

 

Subclause 3(2) voids the exemption granted on 10 January 2014 to set up 72 baited drum lines.


 

STATEMENT OF COMPATIBILITY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS

 

Prepared in accordance with Part 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011

 

Save Our Sharks Bill 2014

 

This Bill is compatible with the human rights and freedoms recognised or declared in the international instruments listed in section 3 of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011.

 

Overview of the Bill:

 

The purpose of this Bill is to void the Ministerial exemption granted under section 158 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 in relation to drum lines deployed to catch sharks. This Bill would also ensure that no similar exemption is granted in the future.

 

Human Rights Implications:

 

This Bill does not engage any of the applicable rights or freedoms.

 

Conclusion:

 

This Bill is compatible with human rights as it does not raise any human rights issues.