Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill 2019 [Provisions]

September 2019

© Commonwealth of Australia 2019
ISBN: 978-1-76010-993-6

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Chapter 1—Introduction

  Conduct of the inquiry
  Structure of the report
  Notes on references
  Provisions of the bill
  Consideration by other parliamentary committees

Chapter 2—Key issues

  Duplication of existing laws
  Scope and definitional issues
  Protection for agricultural research and development
  Committee view

Chapter 3—Possible impacts of the bill

  Safety and security of farmers and their families
  Biosecurity, health and safety
  Adequacy of exemptions for journalists
  Adequacy of exemptions for whistleblowers
  Animal welfare and transparency
  Committee view

Additional comments by Australian Labor Senators

  The risk of unintended consequences
  No need for the legislation
  State governments and authorities already have adequate powers
  The bill may have a range of unforeseen consequences
  Could this law be used against farmers?
  Could this law be used against workers?
  Protections for journalists and whistleblowers are inadequate
  The Australian meat industry
  Enforcement and prosecution
  Will the bill deter offending?
  Agricultural science facilities are not adequately covered
  Inconsistencies in the drafting of the bill: public land, forestry and aquaculture
  A lack of consultation

Dissenting report by the Australian Greens

  Duplication of existing laws
  Scope and definitional issues

Appendix 1—Submissions, answers to questions on notice and tabled documents

Appendix 2—Hearing

Appendix 3—Relevant state and territory offences

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560