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

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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 and 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.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 17 Jul 2014
Second reading moved 17 Jul 2014
Second reading debate 24 Nov 2014
Second reading agreed to 24 Nov 2014
Consideration in detail debate
  • Amendment details: 2 Government agreed to
24 Nov 2014
Third reading agreed to 24 Nov 2014
Introduced and read a first time 26 Nov 2014
Second reading moved 26 Nov 2014
Second reading debate 09 Feb 2015
Second reading agreed to 09 Feb 2015
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 2 Opposition agreed to
09 Feb 2015
Third reading agreed to 09 Feb 2015
House of Representatives
Message from Senate reported 10 Feb 2015
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
23 Feb 2015
Finally passed both Houses 23 Feb 2015
  • Act no.: 12
  • Year: 2015
05 Mar 2015

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