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MINISTER FOR JUSTICE AND CONSUMER AFFAIRS SENATOR MICHAEL TATE MEDIA RELEASE

13 August 1991

NEW CRIMES LEGISLATION

Amendments to Crimes legislation passed by Federal Parliament today toughen reporting provisions on suspicious cash transactions.

The legislation enables information on suspicious cash transactions to be used in international criminal investigations, and strengthens powers in relation to cancellation of Government passports.

The Federal Minister for Justice and Consumer Affairs, Senator Michael Tate, said today the measures contained in the legislation would further enhance Australia's capacity to tackle major crime, both nationally and internationally.

He was commenting after the passage of the Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill through the Senate this morning.

"The passport provisions make more effective the Government's power to cancel or refuse to issue a passport to persons charged or convicted on serious narcotics offences or other major crimes", he said.

"And a Court, when setting bail conditions, will be able to order an offender to surrender or refrain from applying for an Australian passport".

Senator Tate said the legislation passed today also amended the Cash Transaction Reports Act to provide proper protection for cash dealers who reported transactions which they reasonably suspect may be relevant to tax evasion and other major Commonwealth offences. z

In addition the bill gives the Cash Transaction Reports Agency the power to provide information through the Commonwealth Attorney-General for communication to other countries with which Australia has treaty agreements to assist in criminal

investigation.

Within Australia, CTR information domestic law enforcement agencies Commission Against Corruption and of Queensland.

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Senator Tate said the combined effect of these measures would be to further strengthen Australia's armoury in the fight against organised crime, drug trafficking and major fraud.

"Our capacity to follow the money trail, and to work effectively with other law enforcement agencies locally and internationally, will be considerably enhanced", he said.

For further information contact Adrian Wild (06) 277 7260