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Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill 2012

2010-2011

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill 2011

 

No.      , 2011

 

(Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to combat illegal logging, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

3............ Crown to be bound............................................................................. 3

4............ Act does not extend to external Territories.......................................... 3

5............ Concurrent operation of State and Territory laws................................ 3

6............ Guide to this Act................................................................................. 3

7............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

Part 2—Importing                                                                                                                  7

Division 1—Importing illegally logged timber                                                7

8............ Importing illegally logged timber........................................................ 7

9............ Importing illegally logged timber in regulated timber products........... 7

10.......... Forfeiture............................................................................................ 7

11.......... Application of the Customs Act 1901 .................................................. 8

Division 2—Importers’ due diligence                                                                   9

12.......... Importing regulated timber products................................................... 9

13.......... Customs declaration............................................................................ 9

14.......... Due diligence requirements for importing regulated timber products.. 9

Part 3—Processing                                                                                                               11

Division 1—Processing illegally logged raw logs                                         11

15.......... Processing illegally logged raw logs................................................. 11

16.......... Forfeiture.......................................................................................... 12

Division 2—Processors’ due diligence                                                                13

17.......... Processing raw logs.......................................................................... 13

18.......... Due diligence requirements for processing raw logs......................... 13

Part 4—Monitoring, investigation and enforcement                                       15

Division 1—Inspectors                                                                                                15

19.......... Appointment of inspectors................................................................ 15

20.......... Identity cards..................................................................................... 15

Division 2—Monitoring                                                                                              17

Subdivision A—Overview                                                                                       17

21.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 17

Subdivision B—Monitoring powers                                                                     17

22.......... Inspector may enter premises by consent or under a warrant............ 17

23.......... Monitoring powers of inspectors...................................................... 18

24.......... Operating electronic equipment......................................................... 18

25.......... Expert assistance to operate electronic equipment............................. 19

26.......... Securing evidential material............................................................... 21

Subdivision C—Persons assisting inspectors                                                      22

27.......... Persons assisting inspectors.............................................................. 22

Subdivision D—Monitoring warrants                                                                  23

28.......... Monitoring warrants......................................................................... 23

Division 3—Investigation                                                                                          25

Subdivision A—Overview                                                                                       25

29.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 25

Subdivision B—Investigation powers                                                                  25

30.......... Inspector may enter premises by consent or under a warrant............ 25

31.......... Investigation powers of inspectors.................................................... 26

32.......... Operating electronic equipment......................................................... 26

33.......... Expert assistance to operate electronic equipment............................. 28

34.......... Seizing other evidential material........................................................ 29

Subdivision C—Persons assisting inspectors                                                      29

35.......... Persons assisting inspectors.............................................................. 29

Subdivision D—Matters relating to seizure                                                        30

36.......... Copies of seized things to be provided.............................................. 30

37.......... Receipts for seized things.................................................................. 31

38.......... Return of seized things...................................................................... 31

39.......... Issuing officer may permit a thing to be retained............................... 32

40.......... Disposal of things............................................................................. 33

41.......... Compensation for acquisition of property......................................... 33

Subdivision E—Investigation warrants                                                               33

42.......... Investigation warrants....................................................................... 33

43.......... Investigation warrants by telephone, fax etc...................................... 35

44.......... Authority of warrant......................................................................... 36

45.......... Offence relating to warrants by telephone, fax etc............................. 36

46.......... Completing execution of an investigation warrant after temporary cessation            37

47.......... Completing execution of an investigation warrant stopped by court order               38

Division 4—General provisions relating to monitoring and investigation            39

Subdivision A—Overview                                                                                       39

48.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 39

Subdivision B—Obligations of inspectors in entering premises                   39

49.......... Consent............................................................................................. 39

50.......... Announcement before entry under warrant....................................... 40

51.......... Inspector to be in possession of warrant........................................... 40

52.......... Details of warrant etc. to be given to occupier................................... 41

Subdivision C—Additional powers of inspectors                                              41

53.......... Use of force in executing a warrant................................................... 41

54.......... Inspector may ask questions and seek production of documents...... 42

Subdivision D—Occupier’s rights and responsibilities on entry                   43

55.......... Occupier entitled to observe execution of warrant............................. 43

56.......... Occupier to provide inspector with facilities and assistance.............. 43

Subdivision E—Other provisions                                                                          44

57.......... Powers of issuing officers................................................................ 44

58.......... Compensation for damage to electronic equipment........................... 44

Division 5—Civil penalty provisions                                                                   46

Subdivision A—Overview                                                                                       46

59.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 46

Subdivision B—Obtaining a civil penalty order                                               46

60.......... Civil penalty orders........................................................................... 46

61.......... Civil enforcement of penalty............................................................. 47

62.......... Conduct contravening more than one civil penalty provision............ 47

63.......... Multiple contraventions..................................................................... 47

64.......... Proceedings may be heard together................................................... 48

65.......... Civil evidence and procedure rules for civil penalty orders............... 48

66.......... Contravening a civil penalty provision is not an offence................... 48

Subdivision C—Civil proceedings and criminal proceedings                       48

67.......... Civil proceedings after criminal proceedings..................................... 48

68.......... Criminal proceedings during civil proceedings................................. 48

69.......... Criminal proceedings after civil proceedings..................................... 49

70.......... Evidence given in civil proceedings not admissible in criminal proceedings            49

Subdivision D—Miscellaneous                                                                               50

71.......... Ancillary contravention of civil penalty provisions........................... 50

72.......... Continuing contraventions of civil penalty provisions...................... 50

73.......... Mistake of fact.................................................................................. 51

74.......... State of mind..................................................................................... 51

Division 6—Infringement notices                                                                          53

75.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 53

76.......... When an infringement notice may be given....................................... 53

77.......... Matters to be included in an infringement notice............................... 54

78.......... Extension of time to pay amount....................................................... 56

79.......... Withdrawal of an infringement notice............................................... 56

80.......... Effect of payment of amount............................................................. 58

81.......... Effect of this Division....................................................................... 59

82.......... Further provision by regulation......................................................... 59

Part 5—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        60

83.......... Publishing reports............................................................................. 60

84.......... Review of operation of Act............................................................... 60

85.......... Delegation by Secretary.................................................................... 60

86.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 60

 



A Bill for an Act to combat illegal logging, and for related purposes

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