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A Bill for an Act to amend the Criminal Code Act 1995 to create new offences in relation to transmitting child abuse and pornographic materials by postal or like services, and for related purposes.
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Registered 22 Mar 2007
Introduced Senate 21 Mar 2007

 

2004‑2005‑2006‑2007

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

Criminal Code Amendment (Anti‑Child Abuse and Pornography Materials) Bill 2007

 

No.      , 2007

 

(Senator Ludwig)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the Criminal Code Act 1995 to create new offences in relation to transmitting child abuse and pornographic materials by postal or like services, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 1

3............ Schedule(s).......................................................................................... 1

Schedule 1—Amendment of the Criminal Code Act 1995                               2

 


A Bill for an Act to amend the Criminal Code Act 1995 to create new offences in relation to transmitting child abuse and pornographic materials by postal or like services, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act may be cited as the Criminal Code Amendment (Anti‑Child Abuse and Pornography Materials) Act 2007.

2  Commencement

                   This Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3  Schedule(s)

                   Each Act that is specified in a Schedule to this Act is amended or repealed as set out in the applicable items in the Schedule concerned, and any other item in a Schedule to this Act has effect according to its terms.


 

Schedule 1Amendment of the Criminal Code Act 1995

1  Section 470.1 of the Criminal Code (after the definition of carry by post)

Insert:

child abuse material has the same meaning as in section 473.1.

child pornography material has the same meaning as in section 473.1.

2  After section 471.13

Insert:

471.13A  Using a postal or similar service to transmit child abuse material

Offence

             (1)  A person is guilty of an offence if the person causes an article of child abuse material to be transmitted by a postal or similar service.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 10 years or 2,500 penalty units, or both.

Definition

             (2)  To avoid doubt, the definition of carry by post in section 470.1 does not apply to this section.

Defence

             (3)  For the purposes of this section, a person is taken not to cause an article to be transmitted by a postal or similar service if the person is an employee or agent of Australia Post or similar service and the article is transmitted in the normal course of their duties.

3  After section 471.13

Insert:

471.13B  Using a postal or similar service to transmit child pornography material

Offence

             (1)  A person is guilty of an offence if the person causes an article of child pornography material to be transmitted by a postal or similar service.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 10 years or 2,500 penalty units, or both.

Definition

             (2)  To avoid doubt, the definition of carry by post in section 470.1 does not apply to this section.

Defence

             (3)  For the purposes of this section, a person is taken not to cause an article to be carried by a postal or similar service if the person is an employee or agent of Australia Post or similar service and the article is transmitted in the normal course of their duties.

4  Subsection 474.19(1) (at the end of the penalty)

Add “or 2,500 penalty units, or both”.

5  Subsection 474.20(1) (at the end of the penalty)

Add “or 2,500 penalty units, or both”.

6  Subsection 474.21(1)

After “section”, insert “471.13B (using a postal or similar service to transmit child pornography material),”.

7  Subsection 474.21(1)

After “service)”, insert “or 474.25 (obligations of Internet service providers and Internet content hosts)”.

8  Subsection 474.21(3)

After “section”, insert “471.13B (using a postal or similar service to transmit child pornography material),”.

9  Subsection 474.21(3)

After “service)”, insert “or 474.25 (obligations of Internet service providers and Internet content hosts)”.

10  Subsection 474.21(4)

After “section”, insert “471.13B (using a postal or similar service to transmit child pornography material),”.

11  Subsection 474.21(4)

After “service)”, insert “or 474.25 (obligations of Internet service providers and Internet content hosts)”.

12  Subsection 474.22(1) (at the end of the penalty)

Add “or 2,500 penalty units, or both”.

13  Subsection 474.23(1) (at the end of the penalty)

Add “or 2,500 penalty units, or both”.

14  Subsection 474.24(1)

After “section”, insert “471.13A (using a postal or similar service to transmit child abuse material),”.

15  Subsection 474.24(1)

After “service)”, insert “or 474.25 (obligations of Internet service providers and Internet content hosts)”.

16  Subsection 474.24(3)

After “section”, insert “471.13A (using a postal or similar service to transmit child abuse material),”.

17  Subsection 474.24(3)

After “service)”, insert “or 474.25 (obligations of Internet service providers and Internet content hosts)”.

18  Subsection 474.24(4)

After “section”, insert “471.13A (using a postal or similar service to transmit child abuse material),”.

19  Subsection 474.24(4)

After “service)”, insert “or 474.25 (obligations of Internet service providers and Internet content hosts)”.

20  Section 474.25 (penalty)

Omit “100”, substitute “2,500”.