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Gas Pipeline Access (Western Australia) Bill 1998

Bill No. 161
Long Title The purpose of this Bill is to, as complementary legislation, enable Western Australia to retain a balance between Australia-wide consistency and the State’s flexibility to deal with its unique regional differences. The Bill essentially mirrors the gas pipelines access legislation being enacted in other jurisdictions. It has, however, specific provisions to implement the Western Australian derogations and transitional arrangements agreed in-principle in November 1997 between all States, territories and the Commonwealth. The Bill includes the provisions that - make the gas pipelines access law a law of Western Australia; provide for regulations to be made for the purpose of that law; establish the Western Australian independent Gas Pipelines Access Regulator, Gas Review Board and Gas Disputes Arbitrator; make consequential amendments to certain Acts which would otherwise be inconsistent or alter the effect, scope or operation of the Bill; provide for transitional arrangements in Western Australia; and give legal effect in this State to the National Third Party Access Code for natural gas pipeline systems. This regime is commonly referred to in the industry as the National Access Code or simply The Code.
Status Assented to
Royal Assent given 15 Jan 1999 as Act No. 65/98 of 1999. Different sections of this Act come into operation on Royal Assent and Proclamation. For details refer to Commencement Clause of the Bill (see also Assent and Commencement information for Acts)
Current Bill
Legislative Assembly DateNote No.Related Documents
Introduced 06/17/1998  
First Reading 06/17/1998  
Second Reading 06/18/1998 1 
Second Reading Speech   
Second Reading Agreed 09/16/1998  
Consideration in Detail 09/16/1998  
Amendments adopted 09/16/1998  
Third Reading 09/17/1998  

Legislative Council DateNote No.Related Documents
First Reading 10/13/1998  
Second Reading 10/13/1998 1 
Second Reading Speech   
Second Reading Agreed 12/03/1998  
Committee of the whole 12/08/1998  
Amendments adopted 12/09/1998  
Third Reading 12/10/1998  

Messages Between Houses DateNote No.
Legislative Council sent to the Legislative Assembly  12/23/1998  
Consideration of Legislative Council Message   12/23/1998  

Other Procedures DateNote No.Related Links
Reinstated to the stage reached in the previous Session  08/12/1998 2 
Referred to Standing Committee on Constitutional Affairs  10/13/1998 3 
Amendments agreed to by Legislative Assembly  12/23/1998  

1. Explanatory notes provided.
2. Restored from the First Session of Parliament on 12 August 1998.
3. Stands referred to the Committee under standing order 230 (d) for 30 days.