Bills Digest No. 78  1998-99 Primary Industries Levies and Charges (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1998


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CONTENTS

Passage History
Purpose
Background
Main Provisions
Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Passage History

Primary Industries Levies and Charges (Consequential Amendments) Bill 1998

Date Introduced: 3 December 1998

House: House of Representatives

Portfolio: Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Commencement: With the exception of amendments proposed by Part 2 of Schedule 1 (items 80 and 81), Parts 3 and 4 of Schedule 2 (items 37-40), Part 3 of Schedule 3 (item 8) and Parts 2 and 3 of Schedule 5 (items 18-36) which relate to the wine grapes levy and commence on 1 January 2000, the Bill commences on 1 July 1999.

Purpose

The Bill is part of a package of five Bills, the major purpose of which is to consolidate 40 levy and charge imposition Acts into two Acts.

The major amendments proposed by the Bill:

  • repeal 40 existing levy and charge Acts
  • provide for amendments consequential on the repeal of those levy and charge Acts, and
  • provide transitional arrangements necessitated by the transition from the old levy and charge legislation to the new legislation.

Background

The reader is referred to the Digest for the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Bill 1998.

Main Provisions

Repeal of Levy and Charge Acts

Schedule 1 (items 1-81) of the Bill repeals 40 existing levy and charge Acts. These levy and charge Acts are being consolidated into two proposed Acts, these being, the Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1998 and Primary Industries (Customs) Charges Act 1998. Schedule 1 also specifies when and in respect to what dealing a repeal or process is to apply.

The levy and charge Acts repealed are:

Beef Production Levy Act 19990

Buffalo Slaughter Levy Act 1997

Buffalo Export Charge Act 1997

Cattle (Exporters) Export Charge Act 1997

Cattle (Producers) Export Charges Act 1997

Cattle Transactions Levy Act 1997

Coarse Grains Levy Act 1992

Cotton Levy Act 1982

Dairy Produce Levy (No. 1) Act 1986

Dairy Produce Levy (No. 2) Act 1986

Deer Export Charge Act 1992

Deer Slaughter Levy Act 1992

Deer Velvet Export Charge Act 1992

Deer Velvet Levy Act 1992

Dried Fruits Levy Act 1971

Forest Industries Research Export Charge Act 1993

Forest Industries Research Levy Act 1971

Forest Industries Research Import Charge Act 1993

Goat Fibre Levy Act 1989

Grain Legumes Levy Act 1985

Grape Research Levy Act 1986

Honey Export Charge Act 1973

Honey Levy Act (No. 1) 1962

Honey Levy Act (No. 2) 1962

Horticultural Export Charge Act 1987

Horticultural Levy Act 1987

Laying Chicken Levy Act1988

Live-stock (Exporters) Export Charge Act 1997

Live-stock (Producers) Export Charge Act 1997

Livestock Slaughter (Processors) Levy Act 1997

Livestock Transactions Levy Act 1997

Meat Chicken Levy Act 1969

Oilseeds Levy Act 1977

Pasture Seed Levy Act 1971

Pig Slaughter Levy Act 1989

Rice Levy Act 1991

Sugar Cane Levy Act 1987

Wine Export Charge Act 1997

Wine Grapes Levy Act 1979

Wheat Levy Act 1989

Schedules 2-11 Consequential and Transitional Amendments

The major amendments proposed by Schedules 2-11 are consequential on the repeal of the levy and charge Acts repealed by Schedule 1. Schedules 2-11 also provide transitional arrangements necessitated by the transition from the old levy and charge legislation to the new legislation.

Major amendments proposed by Schedules 2-11 include:

  • item 28 of Schedule 2 amends the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991 to provide that where a levy is imposed by regulation under the proposed Primary Industries (Excise) Levies Act 1998 on the slaughter of an animal, the regulations may provide that the owner of the abattoir may refuse to slaughter or allow the slaughter of the animal at the abattoir unless the person liable to pay the levy provides them with the funds necessary to pay the levy on behalf of the person. In addition, regulations made for the above purposes override any State or Territory laws to the contrary, or any contract entered into before or after 1 July 1999 and
  • item 33 of Schedule 2 amends the Primary Industries Levies and Charges Collection Act 1991 to provide that an associated Act (ie. an Act specified in Schedules 1 or 2 [other than the Dairy Produce Levy (No. 2) Act 1986] or prescribed for the purposes of the definition of charge or levy) has not effect to the extent it authorises the imposition of a tax on State or Territory property.

Contact Officer and Copyright Details

Ian Ireland
20 January 1999
Bills Digest Service
Information and Research Services

This paper has been prepared for general distribution to Senators and Members of the Australian Parliament. While great care is taken to ensure that the paper is accurate and balanced, the paper is written using information publicly available at the time of production. The views expressed are those of the author and should not be attributed to the Information and Research Services (IRS). Advice on legislation or legal policy issues contained in this paper is provided for use in parliamentary debate and for related parliamentary purposes. This paper is not professional legal opinion. Readers are reminded that the paper is not an official parliamentary or Australian government document.

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ISSN 1328-8091
© Commonwealth of Australia 1999

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