Crimes Legislation Amendment (Economic Disruption) Bill 2020

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Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to update money laundering offences; Crimes Act 1914 to clarify that certain obligations imposed on investigating officials do not apply to undercover operatives; Proceeds of Crimes Act 2002 to: ensure that buy-back orders cannot be used by criminal suspects and their associates to buy back property forfeited to the Commonwealth or to delay court proceedings; clarify that courts may make orders confiscating the value of a debt, loss or liability that has been avoided, deferred or reduced through criminal offending; clarify that courts with proceeds jurisdiction are able to make orders in respect of property located overseas; increase penalties for non-compliance with information-gathering powers, and clarify and expand the circumstances in which information gathered can be disclosed and used; enable the minister to make grants from the Confiscated Assets Account (CAA) to the States and Territories for crime prevention and certain other measures; and provide that money (other than a penalty) paid to the Commonwealth under a foreign deferred prosecution agreement that represents benefits or property derived from unlawful criminal activity must be credited to the CAA; and COAG Reform Fund Act 2008 and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 to expand the Official Trustee in Bankruptcy's powers in relation to property, information gathering and cost recovery.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 02 Sep 2020
Second reading moved 02 Sep 2020
Second reading debate 10 Dec 2020
Second reading agreed to 10 Dec 2020
Third reading agreed to 10 Dec 2020
Introduced and read a first time 10 Dec 2020
Second reading moved 10 Dec 2020
Second reading debate 03 Feb 2021
Second reading agreed to 03 Feb 2021
Third reading agreed to 03 Feb 2021
Finally passed both Houses 03 Feb 2021
  • Act no: 3
  • Year: 2021
16 Feb 2021

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