A new Bill to limit the number of ways bail can be granted for terrorism offences has been introduced to Tasmania’s House of Assembly.
On 19 June 2018, the Terrorism (Restrictions on Bail and Parole) Bill 2018 (the “Bill”) was introduced to the House of Assembly by the Minister for Justice, the Hon Elise Archer. It proposes to amend the Bail Act 1994 and the Corrections Act 1997. Currently, the Bill is before the House of Assembly where it awaits further discussion.
According to the Bill’s Explanatory Memorandum (the “EM”) the bill proposes to make amendments to the Bail Act 1994:
The proposed amendments to the Corrections Act 1997 will involve:
Amendments to the Bail Act 1994 include:
Amendments to the Corrections Act 1997 include:
The Bill also sets out powers of arrest for police officers and provides for additional procedural powers for courts and the Parole Board.
In January 2018, the Tasmanian Department of Justice released a Positions Paper () (the “Paper”) on the bail system in Tasmania, which set out the Government’s proposals for possible reforms to the Tasmania bail system.
The Paper also noted (at pg 9) that:
Commenting on the Bill in her Second Reading Speech, the Minister for Justice said:
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