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Second Reading Speeches

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Law Enforcement Integrity, Vulnerable Witness Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2013

Type
Government
Portfolio
Attorney-General
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Parliament no
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Summary

Amends the:

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006
to: authorise Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) staff to provide AUSTRAC information to the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI) with appropriate protection for that information; enable AUSTRAC to conduct internal reviews of certain decisions; create an exception to an offence and extend certain offences; enable the Clean Energy Regulator and the Integrity Commission of Tasmania to access AUSTRAC data; and enable AUSTRAC to engage private sector secondees;
Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006
to: require certain evidence to only be given in private; and enable ACLEI to second employees of the Australian Federal Police and other unsworn police officers;
Crimes Act 1914
and
Criminal Code Act 1995
in relation to victims of slavery, slavery-like and human trafficking offences to: extend vulnerable witness protections to adult victims and to enable evidence to be given in retrials and subsequent trials; provide for the use of victim impact statements; and enable courts to hear evidence by video-link from witnesses outside Australia;
Crimes Act 1914
to remove wrist x-ray as a prescribed age determination procedure;
Migration Act 1958
to: ensure that the prosecution bears the onus of proof in establishing age; enable the use of evidentiary certificates in the prosecution of people smuggling offences; and provide that all the time spent in immigration detention or on remand prior to sentencing is recognised in the sentencing of those convicted of people smuggling offences;
International Transfer of Prisoners Act 1997
and
International War Crimes Tribunals Act 1995
to enable Australia to recognise the United Nations’ International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals;
Australian Federal Police Act 1979
to enable the minister to enter into certain arrangements with either the administrator or the minister responsible for an external territory; and
Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
to make a technical amendment.