The Crime Point-in-Time Service has been updated to include the Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Act 2019 (Cth) (Act 67 of 2019) and theCombatting Child Sexual Exploitation Legislation Amendment Act 2019 (Cth) (Act 72 of 2019).
This Act amends the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) to introduce two new offences relating to the incitement of trespass or property
offences on agricultural land.
The first offence would apply where a person uses a carriage service to transmit, make available, publish or otherwise distribute material with the intent to incite another person to trespass on agricultural land. This offence would require that the person is reckless as to whether the other person’s trespass or related conduct could cause detriment to a primary production business being carried on on the land. A person found guilty of this offence could face up to 12 months’ imprisonment.
The second offence would apply where a person uses a carriage service to transmit, make available, publish or otherwise distribute material with the intent to incite another person to unlawfully damage or destroy property, or commit theft, on agricultural land. A person found guilty of this offence could face up to five years’ imprisonment, to reflect the more serious nature of the incited conduct.
This Act aims to protect children from sexual exploitation by improving the Commonwealth
framework of offences relating to child abuse material, overseas child sexual abuse,
forced marriage, failing to report child sexual abuse and failing to protect children
from such abuse.
The Act implements a number of recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) by:
The other measures in the Act forms a suite of child protection measures to target child exploitation that occurs both overseas and in Australia, enhancing investigation and prosecution outcomes at the Commonwealth level. These measures:
These amendments have been updated in the Point-in-Time Crime Service current to 8 October 2019. (NB: Subscription required).
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