Annual Report 2003/2004 Department of Business Industry and Resource Development
Tabled paper 1496
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An nu al R ep or t APPENDIX 6 ^ NEW OR AMENDED LEGISLATION FOR 2003-04 Stock Diseases Amendment Act 2003. The purpose of the amendments is to provide a prompt, effective response to an emergency animal disease, especially of an exotic nature, and to ensure minimal effect on the animal industries. The amendments contribute to the strengthening of a number of previous legislative powers and have introduced new powers to enable an effective response and better risk management. A number of the amendments are in response to the need to ensure consistency with interstate legislation to ensure a uniform and coordinated approach in the event of an outbreak of an animal disease within Australia. The Bill was introduced in October 2003 and passed during the November 2003 sittings of the Legislative Assembly. The Amended Act and revised Regulations commenced in June Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Control of Use) Act 2004 The purpose of this new Act is to provide controls over the possession, sale and use of agricultural and veterinary chemical products. It also deals with the manufacture, sale and use of fertiliser and stockfeed to manage the risk to people, the environment and animals. The new legislation replaces a small part of the Poisons and Dangerous Drugs Act, administered by the Department of Health and Community Services that previously served to control the use of pesticides. The new legislation provides a one stop shop for the regulation of agriculture and veterinary chemical products, fertilizers and stockfeed. The Bill was introduced in March 2004 and passed during the May 2004 sittings of the Legislative Assembly. The new Act commenced in June 2004. Mining Amendment Act 2003 These amendments were in response to certain of the recommendations made in the consultants Report of the Competition Review of the Mining Act. The amendments provide for the inclusion of an object clause in the legislation and the removal of several minor restrictions. These included such things as the size restrictions on the total area that could be held under an exploration licence, maximum areas of a mineral lease and removal to nominate the mineral to be mined on a lease. All minerals can be mined on a granted lease unless specifically exempted. The amendments were introduced during the November 2003 sittings and passed during the February 2004 sittings. The amendments commenced during March 2004. Petroleum Amendment Act 2004 The purpose of the amendments is to implement the final recommendations of the Competition Review of the Act and tidy up some minor legislative matters. The majority of the Competition recommendations were previously implemented twelve months earlier in the Petroleum Amendment Act 2003. The bill was introduced during the May 2004 sittings of the Legislative Assembly and the amendment is expected to commence in August/September 2004. 2004. 138 Department of Business, Industry & Resource Development
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