Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

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House of Representatives
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Amends the Crimes Act 1914 to: introduce a presumption against parole for persons charged with or convicted of a terrorism offence (or previously charged with or convicted of certain offences), persons subject to a control order and persons who have made statements or carried out activities supporting, or advocating support for, terrorist acts; and provide that the best interests of the child are a primary consideration, with the protection of the community the paramount consideration, when determining whether exceptional circumstances exist to rebut the presumption against bail where the person is under the age of 18 years, when determining whether exceptional circumstances exist to justify a departure from the minimum non-parole period for a terrorism offence where the offender is under the age of 18 years, and when determining whether exceptional circumstances exist to justify the release of a terrorist offender or terrorism-related offender on parole; and Criminal Code Act 1995 to: provide that terrorist offenders serving a term of imprisonment for a terrorism offence and another offence are eligible for consideration of a continuing detention order (CDO) at the conclusion of their term; and provide that the requirement to provide a complete copy of a CDO application to a terrorist offender is subject to any court orders made relating to the protection of information in the application or any certificate issued by the Attorney-General under the National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 20 Feb 2019
Second reading moved 20 Feb 2019
Lapsed at dissolution 11 Apr 2019

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Text of bill

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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
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