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New Bill to deliver more powers to law enforcement authorities
THE HON CHRISTOPHER PYNE MP Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Leader of the House
SENATOR NICK XENOPHON Senator for South Australia
15 October 2015 New Bill to deliver more powers to law enforcement authorities
The Government has introduced a new Bill today that will give law enforcement authorities new powers to pursue individuals suspected of murdering or committing manslaughter against Australians citizens or residents in foreign countries.
The Crime Legislation Amendment (Harming Australians) Bill will amend the criminal code to make the murder or manslaughter of Australians in foreign countries before 2002 an offence able to be pursued by Australian authorities if investigations in the foreign country did not properly investigate the crime.
The bill is a joint initiative of the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Training the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and Senator Nick Xenophon following the tragic murder of local Adelaide woman Anthea Bradshaw.
Ms Bradshaw’s parents, Martin and Ros, constituents in Christopher Pyne’s Sturt electorate, and brothers Craig and Paul, have long campaigned for this change.
Minister Pyne said the bill was a culmination of years of work by the Bradshaws and others and would mean that the law regarding murder or manslaughter of Australians overseas would apply in the same way for crimes committed before 2002 as it does today.
“This is an important outcome for the Bradshaw family and the broader community and will ensure that there is no barrier to justice being done in this case and others like it,” Mr Pyne said.
“Working closely together with the Attorney General, Senator George Brandis SC and Senator Nick Xenophon I believe this amendment is will withstand any scrutiny applied to it by a court,” he said.
“After over two years working with the Bradshaw family this is great news,” said Senator Nick Xenophon. “Their journey for justice has just taken a big step forward.”
“The terrific support and hard work of AttorneyGeneral Brandis and Christopher Pyne for this Bill is a testament that this issue is beyond politics.” “More broadly, this Bill, once it becomes law, will give real hope for justice to the loved ones of Australians murdered while overseas,” he said. Mr Pyne’s Media: 0439 764 809,firstname.lastname@example.org Senator Xenophon’s Media: Jeremy Roberts 0433 620 850