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  • Date
    24 May 2018 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Attorney-General 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977
    to exclude from review decisions of senior Australian Federal Police (AFP) members in relation to consent for the purposes of applications to vary interim control orders;
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: extend the operation of the control order regime, the preventative detention order (PDO) regime and the declared areas offences for a further three years; allow an issuing court to vary an interim control order; clarify the evidential weight that the issuing court must give to an original request for an interim control order during the confirmation proceedings; extend the minimum time period between an interim and a confirmation hearing for a control order; provide that the issuing court cannot make costs orders against a controlee except in limited circumstances; require the AFP to notify the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) after the making of initial or continued preventative orders or a prohibited contact order; create an exception to the declared areas offence for individuals performing an official duty for the International Committee of the Red Cross; enable the Minister for Foreign Affairs to revoke a declaration of a declared area prior to the expiry of the declaration; enable the PJCIS to review a declaration of a declared area at any time while it is in effect and to table a report in both Houses of Parliament following its review; and amend provisions in relation to the protection of sensitive information in continuing detention order proceedings;
    Crime Act 1914
    to: extend the operation of stop, search and seize powers for a further three years; require the AFP to report as soon as practicable after the exercise of these powers; and require the minister to report annually to the Parliament;
    Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Act 1979
    to extend the questioning, and questioning and detention, warrant regime for a further 12 months; and
    Intelligence Services Act 2001
    to: require the PJCIS to review the PDO regime, declared areas provisions and the stop, search and seize powers ahead of their sunset date; and enable the PJCIS to monitor and review the performance of the AFP in relation to its stop, search and size powers, and the exercise of the Minister for Home Affairs’ power to declare prescribed security zones. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    06 Dec 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends: the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: amend the offence of bribery of a foreign public official to extend the definition of foreign public official to include a candidate for office, remove the requirement that the foreign official must be influenced in the exercise of the official’s duties, replace the requirement that a benefit and business advantage must be ‘not legitimately due’ with the concept of ‘improperly influencing’ a foreign public official, and extend the offence to cover bribery to obtain a personal advantage; and create a new offence of failure of a body corporate to prevent foreign bribery by an associate; the
    Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983
    to implement a Commonwealth Deferred Prosecution Agreement scheme which will enable the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions to invite a person that has engaged in serious corporate crime to negotiate an agreement to comply with a range of specified conditions; and five Acts to make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    13 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    House of Representatives 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends the:
    Crimes Act 1914
    to: insert community safety as a factor that can be taken into account to revoke the parole of a federal offender without notice; remove the requirement to seek leave before a recorded interview of a vulnerable witness can be admitted as evidence in chief; remove the requirement for vulnerable witnesses to be available to give evidence at committal proceedings; introduce mandatory minimum penalties for certain Commonwealth child sex offences and offenders; require a court to state and record the reasons for granting bail; insert a presumption against bail for certain Commonwealth child sex offenders; insert additional factors which must be taken into account when sentencing federal offenders; require the court to have regard to certain rehabilitation considerations when sentencing Commonwealth child sex offenders; insert presumptions in favour of cumulative sentences and actual terms of imprisonment for Commonwealth child sex offenders; impose certain requirements on Commonwealth child sex offenders under a recognizance release order; add ‘residential treatment orders’ as a sentencing alternative for intellectually disabled offenders; allow certain information to be withheld from an offender in national security circumstances; reduce the amount of ‘clean street time’ that can be credited against the outstanding sentence following commission of an offence by a person on parole and licence; and require a period of time to be served in custody if a federal offender’s parole order is revoked;
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: clarify the scope of the definition of ‘engage in sexual activity’; insert a range of new aggravated offences for child sexual abuse; insert new offences relating to ‘grooming’ and the provision of electronic services to facilitate dealings with child abuse material online; increase the maximum penalties for certain Commonwealth child sex offences and breaches of reporting requirements; and insert new additional factors for mandatory consideration at sentencing; and
    Crimes Act 1914
    ,
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    ,
    Customs Act 1901
    and
    Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979
    to replace references to ‘child pornography material’ in Commonwealth legislation with ‘child abuse material’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Feb 2015 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    BACK, Sen Chris 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: insert new offences in relation to failure to report a visual recording of malicious cruelty to domestic animals, and interference with the conduct of lawful animal enterprises; and make consequential amendments. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    15 Sep 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Portfolio
    Justice 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to provide for a mandatory minimum sentence and increased maximum penalties for the offences of trafficking firearms or firearms parts within Australia, and into and out of Australia. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    12 Oct 2016 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    KAKOSCHKE-MOORE, Sen Skye
    GRIFF, Sen Stirling
    HINCH, Sen Derryn
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to: create a criminal offence for a person over 18 years of age to intentionally misrepresent their age in online communications to a person they reasonably believe to be under 16 years of age for the purposes of encouraging a physical meeting, or with the intention of committing an offence; and impose penalties. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    08 Feb 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LAMBIE, Sen Jacqui 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Criminal Code Act 1995
    to prohibit the wearing of full face coverings in public places under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth if the threat level under the National Terrorism Threat Advisory System is higher than ‘possible’. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    09 May 2018 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LEYONHJELM, Sen David 
    Summary
    Amends five Acts and the Criminal Code Regulations 2002 to remove barriers in Commonwealth legislation to the legalisation and regulation of cannabis for recreational, medicinal, industrial and other purposes. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    11 Sep 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    XENOPHON, Sen Nick 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Customs Act 1901
    to prohibit the importation of polyethylene core aluminium composite panels. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

  • Date
    16 Aug 2017 
    Chamber
    Senate 
    Status
    Before Senate 
    Sponsor
    LAMBIE, Sen Jacqui 
    Summary
    Amends the
    Defence Act 1903
    to link annual wage increases for members of the Australian Defence Force to whichever is the higher of increases in parliamentary allowance or the consumer price index. 

    Bill | Explanatory Memorandum

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