Bills Digest No. 9  2000-01 Gene Technology (Licence Charges) Bill 2000


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CONTENTS

Passage History
Purpose
Background
Main Provisions
Contact Officer & Copyright Details

Passage History

Gene Technology (Licence Charges) Bill 2000

Date Introduced: 22 June 2000

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Health and Aged Care

Commencement: Immediately after the commencement of the Gene Technology Act 2000.

Purpose

The purpose of the Bill is to enable annual licence charges to be levied on licences authorising certain dealings with genetically modified organisms (GMO licences) issued under the Gene Technology Bill 2000.

Background

This Bill, together with the Gene Technology Bill 2000 and the Gene Technology (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2000, forms part of a package of Bills which establish the Gene Technology Regulator and introduce the federal component of a national scheme for regulating certain dealings with genetically modified organisms. This Bill imposes licence charges, which are a form of taxation. A separate Bill is required to satisfy section 55 of the Constitution, which in part provides:

'Laws imposing taxation shall deal only with the imposition of taxation, and any provision therein dealing with any other matter shall be of no effect.'

For further background the reader is referred to the Digest for the Gene Technology Bill 2000.

Main Provisions

Clause 4 provides that the holder of a GMO licence is liable to pay an annual licence charge each financial year that the GMO licence is current. The amount of the licence charge will be set by regulations (subclause 4(2)) made by the Governor-General (clause 5).

Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Katrine Del Villar and Angus Martyn
15 August 2000
Bills Digest Service
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