Maritime Legislation Amendment Bill 2003

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  • Maritime Legislation Amendment Bill 2002
Transport and Regional Services
Originating house
House of Representatives
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Amends the: Protection of the Sea (Civil Liability) Act 1981 and Protection of the Sea (Oil Pollution Compensation Fund) Act 1993 to increase the monetary liability and compensation for pollution damage resulting from the escape or discharge of “persistent oil” (heavy oils which do not evaporate readily) from oil tankers; Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983 to prohibit the disposal from a ship into the sea of incinerator ashes from plastic products which may contain toxic or heavy metal residues; allow garbage disposal placards to be written in Spanish (rather than English or French); and convert penalties from monetary amounts to penalty units. Trade Practices Act 1974 to clarify that stevedoring operators are not permitted to collude in setting charges for stevedoring services. Also repeals the Bass Strait Sea Passenger Service Agreement Act 1984.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 11 Dec 2002
Second reading moved 11 Dec 2002
Second reading agreed to 05 Feb 2003
Third reading agreed to 05 Feb 2003
Introduced and read a first time 06 Feb 2003
Second reading moved 06 Feb 2003
Second reading agreed to 06 Mar 2003
Third reading agreed to 06 Mar 2003
  • Act no.: 7
  • Year: 2003
19 Mar 2003

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Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

Circulated by members and senators when they propose to make changes to the bill. For details about the outcome of proposed amendments please refer to either the Votes and Proceedings (House of Representatives) or the Journals (Senate).

Schedules of amendments

Schedules of amendments list amendments agreed to by the second house are communicated to the first house for consideration. Subsequent action by either house may also be included in a schedule.

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