Crimes Legislation Amendment (Psychoactive Substances and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
Amends the:
Criminal Code Act 1995
  to: introduce an offence for importing all substances that have a psychoactive effect; introduce an offence for importing a substance which is similar to a serious drug; introduce international firearms trafficking offences and mandatory minimum sentences; extend existing cross-border disposal or acquisition firearms offences; and clarify that certain slavery offences have universal jurisdiction;
Customs Act 1901
  to: ensure that Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers have appropriate powers in relation to the new offences; and create a procedure for dealing with claims for the return of seized psychoactive substances;
International Transfer of Prisoners Act 1997
  in relation to the international transfer of prisoners regime within Australia; and
Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
Criminal Code Act 1995
Customs Act 1901
Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988
Surveillance Devices Act 2004
  to make minor and technical amendments. Also validates access by the AFP to certain investigatory powers in designated state airports from 19 March until 17 May 2014. 

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House of Representatives
17 Jul 2014Introduced and read a first time
17 Jul 2014Second reading moved
24 Nov 2014Second reading debate
24 Nov 2014Second reading agreed to
24 Nov 2014Consideration in detail debate

Amendment details: 2 Government agreed to
24 Nov 2014Third reading agreed to
26 Nov 2014Introduced and read a first time
26 Nov 2014Second reading moved
09 Feb 2015Second reading debate
09 Feb 2015Second reading agreed to
09 Feb 2015Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 2 Opposition agreed to
09 Feb 2015Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
10 Feb 2015Message from Senate reported
23 Feb 2015Consideration of Senate message

Details: House agreed to Senate amendments

23 Feb 2015Finally passed both Houses
05 Mar 2015Assent

Act no.: 12

Year: 2015

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