Australia passes parts of Industrial Chemicals Bill

Chemical Watch | February 21, 2019

Three of the six parts of the Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 passed both houses in the Parliament of Australia on 18 February. Amendments proposed by the Senate to the remaining three parts – all of which relate to charges levied under the new law – are currently being considered by the House of Representatives. If the Senate amends a bill, it must be sent back to the House for "reconsideration". This is usually a formality if the amendments are minor. In total, the Senate proposed amendments to five of the six bills. Two of these have already been reconsidered in the House of Representatives and were passed by both houses. The House is expected to pass the amendments on the remaining three bills, but the timeline for this is unclear.

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