The Police Offences Amendment (Prohibited Insignia) Bill 2018 (Bill No 21 of 2018) ("the Bill") was introduced to Tasmania’s House of Assembly by the Hon Michael Ferguson MP on 21 June 2016. The Bill is currently before the House of Assembly where it is awaiting further discussion.
The Bill proposes to make miscellaneous amendments to the Police Offences Act 1935 (Tas) ("the Act").
According to the Bill’s Explanatory Memorandum (the EM), the objective of the Bill is to introduce:
The definition of the new prohibited item offence states that:
The Bill’s EM indicates that a prohibited item is any piece of clothing, jewellery, or other accessory that displays:
According to the Bill’s Additional Explanatory Memorandum, the addition of a new section 6A will introduce a new offence into the Act by banning the wearing or carrying of prohibited items in a public place, while the introduction of new section 6B outlines the process for search, seizure and forfeiture of prohibited items.
Existing section 55(2D) to the principal Act is amended by inserting the text "section 6A(7) or (8)", after "under".
In a recentthe Minister made some comments about the introduction of the new legislation:
In a Second Reading Speech to the House of Assembly, the Minister said:
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