Second Reading Speeches

Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Amendment Bill 2021

Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Originating house
House of Representatives
Parliament no

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Amends the:

Hazardous Waste (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1989
to: implement Australia's obligations under the Basel Convention on the Control or Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal; apply the standard provisions of the
Regulatory Powers (Standard Provisions) Act 2014
and insert new audit powers; update existing criminal offences and introduce new strict liability offences and civil penalties to cover non-compliance relating to the export, import and transit of hazardous waste; increase penalties for offences relating to the export, import and transit of hazardous waste and introduce new aggravated offences where the non-compliance results in injury or damage to human beings or the environment; authorise information sharing between Commonwealth, state and territory governments; introduce recordkeeping requirements and information gathering powers to protect, use and disclose information; and replace the Hazardous Waste Technical Group with a requirement to consult with persons with appropriate expertise; and
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
to make a consequential amendment.

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