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

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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.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 29 May 2013
Second reading moved 29 May 2013
Referred to Federation Chamber 17 Jun 2013
Second reading debate 17 Jun 2013
Second reading agreed to 17 Jun 2013
Reported from Federation Chamber 17 Jun 2013
Third reading agreed to 17 Jun 2013
Introduced and read a first time 19 Jun 2013
Second reading moved 19 Jun 2013
Second reading debate 27 Jun 2013
Second reading agreed to 27 Jun 2013
Third reading agreed to 27 Jun 2013
Text of bill as passed both Houses 27 Jun 2013
  • Act no.: 74
  • Year: 2013
28 Jun 2013

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