Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2015


(Mozart Olbrycht-Palmer) #1

Another legislative monstrosity: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Bills_LEGislation/Bills_Search_Results/Result?bId=r5430

I haven’t had a chance to look through it yet, but ostensibly:

If enacted, it will make extensive changes to federal Criminal law, including lowering thresholds for the fault element of certain offences from intention to recklessness and introducing mandatory sentences for certain crimes.

The Bill has been referred to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for Inquiry. We’d love to hear from you about the most concerning aspects of the Bill.

If people want to get reading, I’ll whip up an Overleaf document for us to write the submission in tomorrow. Submissions close 16 April: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Legal_and_Constitutional_Affairs/Power_and_Offences_Bill


(Mark) #2

A quick google search doesn’t turn up much on what has prompted this or what problem it’s meant to solve. There seems to be no clear purpose - just a bunch of fiddling around with laws covering everything from computer games to forced marriage. Where did you hear about it?


(Ben McGinnes) #3

Probably an RSS feed on new inquiries or legislation and remembering to check it. :wink:


(Brendan Molloy) #4

He heard it through me, after I forwarded an email from the Australian Privacy Foundation’s ‘afp-media-archive’ mailing list. :smile: