House of Representatives

Maritime Powers (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012

Second Reading Speech

Ms Roxon (Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management)

I am pleased to move:

That this bill be now read a second time.

The Maritime Powers Bill 2012 and the Maritime Powers (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012 provide a smarter and simpler approach to maritime enforcement through streamlining the framework for use by our on-water enforcement agencies.

Where existing maritime enforcement powers overlap with powers in the Maritime Powers Bill, this bill will reduce that duplication.

The bill has been the subject of an extensive consultation process with agencies to ensure that the consolidation exercise maintains current operational powers for agencies.

I commend the bill to the House.

Debate adjourned.