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

Type
Government
Portfolio
Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Passed Both Houses
Parliament no
46

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Summary

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.

Progress

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 18 Mar 2021
Second reading moved 18 Mar 2021
Second reading debate 24 Jun 2021
Second reading agreed to 24 Jun 2021
Third reading agreed to 24 Jun 2021
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 24 Jun 2021
Second reading agreed to 24 Jun 2021
Third reading agreed to 24 Jun 2021
Finally passed both Houses 24 Jun 2021

Documents and transcripts

Text of bill

Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

No documents at present

Bills digest

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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

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Schedules of amendments

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