Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012

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House of Representatives
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Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: insert offences of forced labour, forced marriage, organ trafficking and harbouring a victim; ensure the slavery offence applies to conduct which renders a person a slave, as well as conduct involving a person who is already a slave; extend the application of existing offences of deceptive recruiting and sexual servitude to non-sexual servitude and all forms of deceptive recruiting; increase penalties for debt bondage offences; broaden the definition of exploitation to include all slavery-like practices; and amend existing definitions to provide that the broadest range of exploitative conduct is criminalised; Crimes Act 1914 to increase the availability of reparation orders to individual victims of Commonwealth offences; and Crimes Act 1914, Migration Act 1958, Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 to make consequential amendments.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 30 May 2012
Second reading moved 30 May 2012
Referred to Federation Chamber 20 Aug 2012
Second reading debate 20 Aug 2012
Second reading debate 21 Aug 2012
Second reading agreed to 21 Aug 2012
Reported from Federation Chamber 22 Aug 2012
Third reading agreed to 22 Aug 2012
Introduced and read a first time 22 Aug 2012
Second reading moved 22 Aug 2012
Second reading debate 25 Feb 2013
Second reading debate 27 Feb 2013
Second reading agreed to 27 Feb 2013
Committee of the Whole debate 27 Feb 2013
Third reading agreed to 27 Feb 2013
Text of bill as passed both Houses 27 Feb 2013
  • Act no.: 6
  • Year: 2013
07 Mar 2013

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