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House of Representatives

Measures to Combat Serious and Organised Crime Bill 2001

Explanatory Memorandum

(Circulated by authority of the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator the Honourable Chris Ellison)
This Memorandum takes account of amendments made by the Senate to the Bill as introduced

Outline and financial impact statement

Outline

This Bill amends the Crimes Act 1914 (Crimes Act), Australian Federal Police Act 1979 (AFP Act), Customs Act 1901 (Customs Act), National Crime Authority Act 1984 (NCA Act), Financial Transaction Reports Act 1988 (FTR Act) and Fisheries Management Act 1991 (Fisheries Management Act) to:

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extend the scope of the controlled operations provisions to enable operations against a broader range of criminal activity subject to appropriate limitations, review and accountability measures;
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provide a framework for intelligence and law enforcement agencies to obtain and use evidence of identity for the purpose of creating assumed identities for use in the performance of their functions, subject to authorisation, audit and reporting and mechanisms;
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provide protection for child complainants and witnesses appearing in Commonwealth sex offence proceedings;
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make amendments to update and clarify provisions dealing with the investigation and prosecution of Commonwealth offences;
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permit a warrant authorising the use of a listening device in relation to a particular item to be sought;
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update and clarify a number of provisions in the FTR Act; and
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prescribe CrimTrac for the purposes of the Part VIIC (pardons, quashed convictions and spent conviction).

Financial impact statement

There are no direct financial impacts from this Bill.


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