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Crimes Legislation Amendment (Psychoactive Substances and Other Measures) Bill 2014

Originating house
House of Representatives
Before Reps


Amends the: Criminal Code Act 1995 to: introduce an offence for importing all substances that have a psychoactive effect; introduce an offence for importing a substance which is similar to a serious drug; introduce international firearms trafficking offences and mandatory minimum sentences; extend existing cross-border disposal or acquisition firearms offences; and clarify that certain slavery offences have universal jurisdiction; Customs Act 1901 to: ensure that Australian Customs and Border Protection Service and Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers have appropriate powers in relation to the new offences; and create a procedure for dealing with claims for the return of seized psychoactive substances; International Transfer of Prisoners Act 1997 in relation to the international transfer of prisoners regime within Australia; and Criminal Code Act 1995, Customs Act 1901, Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988 and Surveillance Devices Act 2004 to make minor and technical amendments. Also validates access by the AFP to certain investigatory powers in designated state airports from 19 March until 17 May 2014.

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 17/07/14  
Second reading moved 17/07/14  

Text of bill

  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (17/07/2014): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (02/09/2014)
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