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A Bill for an Act to amend various Acts to remove references to insulting or offensive conduct or things, and for related purposes
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Registered 28 Jun 2018
Introduced Senate 28 Jun 2018
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2016‑2017‑2018

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Freedom of Speech Legislation Amendment (Insult and Offend) Bill 2018

 

No.      , 2018

 

(Senator Leyonhjelm)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend various Acts to remove references to insulting or offensive conduct or things, and for related purposes

  

  


Contents

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

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

3............ Schedules............................................................................................ 2

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                                3

Australian Charities and Not‑for‑profits Commission Act 2012                       3

Australian Passports Act 2005                                                                                 3

Bankruptcy Act 1966                                                                                                  3

Business Names Registration Act 2011                                                                   3

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918                                                                         4

Competition and Consumer Act 2010                                                                     4

Copyright Act 1968                                                                                                     4

Crimes Act 1914                                                                                                           4

Criminal Code Act 1995                                                                                            5

Defence Act 1903                                                                                                         5

Defence Force Discipline Act 1982                                                                         6

Defence Force Discipline Appeals Act 1955                                                          6

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999                   6

Fair Work Act 2009                                                                                                     6

Judicial Misbehaviour and Incapacity (Parliamentary Commissions) Act 2012               7

Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006                                            7

Personal Property Securities Act 2009                                                                   7

Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994                                                                              7

Public Order (Protection of Persons and Property) Act 1971                            8

Royal Commissions Act 1902                                                                                    8

Sex Discrimination Act 1984                                                                                     8

Trans‑Tasman Proceedings Act 2010                                                                      8

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986                                                                              8

 

 


A Bill for an Act to amend various Acts to remove references to insulting or offensive conduct or things, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:

1  Short title

                   This Act is the Freedom of Speech Legislation Amendment (Insult and Offend) Act 2018.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  The whole of this Act

The day after this Act receives the Royal Assent.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this Act as originally enacted. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this Act.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this Act. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this Act.

3  Schedules

                   Legislation 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 1Amendments

  

Australian Charities and Not‑for‑profits Commission Act 2012

1  Paragraph 40‑10(2)(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

Australian Passports Act 2005

2  Subsection 53(4)

Omit “unacceptable, inappropriate or offensive”, substitute “unacceptable or inappropriate”.

Bankruptcy Act 1966

3  Paragraph 264E(1)(a)

Omit “insult or”.

4  Paragraph 264E(1)(d)

Omit “insulting or”.

Business Names Registration Act 2011

5  Paragraph 16(3)(b)

Repeal the paragraph.

6  Paragraph 25(d)

Repeal the paragraph.

7  Section 27

Repeal the section.

8  Section 45

Repeal the section.

9  Section 56 (table items 3 and 4)

Repeal the items.

10  Paragraphs 58(3)(a) and (b)

Repeal the paragraphs.

Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918

11  Paragraphs 93A(2)(a) and 98A(2)(a)

Omit “, offensive”.

Competition and Consumer Act 2010

12  Paragraph 162(1)(a)

Repeal the paragraph.

Copyright Act 1968

13  Subsection 173(1) (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Disturbing a member

14  Paragraph 173(1)(b)

Omit “insults or”.

15  Subsection 173(3)

Repeal the subsection.

Crimes Act 1914

16  Paragraph 16AB(5)(b)

Omit “offensive,”.

Criminal Code Act 1995

17  Section 471.12 of the Criminal Code (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

471.12  Using a postal or similar service to menace or harass

18  Paragraph 471.12(b) of the Criminal Code

Omit “menacing, harassing or offensive”, substitute “menacing or harassing”.

19  Section 473.4 of the Criminal Code

Omit “, or a particular use of a carriage service,”.

20  Section 474.17 of the Criminal Code (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

474.17  Using a carriage service to menace or harass

21  Paragraph 474.17(1)(b) of the Criminal Code

Omit “menacing, harassing or offensive”, substitute “menacing or harassing”.

22  Subsection 474.17(2) of the Criminal Code

Omit “menacing, harassing or causing offence to”, substitute “menacing or harassing”.

Defence Act 1903

23  Paragraph 89(1)(a)

Repeal the paragraph.

24  Subsection 89(2)

Repeal the subsection.

Defence Force Discipline Act 1982

25  Paragraphs 26(1)(a) and (2)(a)

Omit “threatening, insubordinate or insulting”, substitute “threatening or insubordinate”.

26  Section 33 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

33  Assault or provocative words etc.

27  Paragraph 33(d)

Omit “insulting or”.

28  Paragraph 53(4)(a)

Repeal the paragraph.

Defence Force Discipline Appeals Act 1955

29  Paragraph 46(a)

Omit “insult or”.

30  Paragraph 46(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

31  Paragraph 119(1)(a)

Omit “insults, disturbs or uses insulting language towards”, substitute “disturbs”.

Fair Work Act 2009

32  Subsection 674(1) (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Disturbing an FWC Member

33  Paragraph 674(1)(b)

Omit “insults or”.

34  Subsection 674(2)

Repeal the subsection.

Judicial Misbehaviour and Incapacity (Parliamentary Commissions) Act 2012

35  Paragraph 61(a)

Omit “insults or”.

36  Paragraph 61(c)

Repeal the paragraph.

Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006

37  Paragraph 96A(1)(d)

Omit “insults, disturbs or uses insulting language towards”, substitute “disturbs”.

Personal Property Securities Act 2009

38  Subparagraph 150(3)(c)(i)

Omit “or offensive,”.

39  Paragraph 184(1)(a)

Omit “the data is offensive,”.

Plant Breeder’s Rights Act 1994

40  Paragraph 27(5)(c)

Omit “or offensive”.

Public Order (Protection of Persons and Property) Act 1971

41  Paragraphs 11(2)(b) and 12(2)(b)

Omit “an offensive or disorderly”, substitute “a disorderly”.

42  Paragraph 18(1)(c)

Omit “an offensive, threatening or insulting”, substitute “a threatening”.

43  Paragraph 20(2)(b)

Omit “an offensive or disorderly”, substitute “a disorderly”.

Royal Commissions Act 1902

44  Subsection 6O(1)

Omit “insults or disturbs a Royal Commission, or interrupts the proceedings of a Royal Commission, or uses any insulting language towards a Royal Commission”, substitute “disturbs a Royal Commission, or interrupts the proceedings of a Royal Commission”.

Sex Discrimination Act 1984

45  Subsection 95(1)

Omit “insult,”.

Trans‑Tasman Proceedings Act 2010

46  Paragraphs 61(2)(b) and 93(1)(b)

Omit “threatens, intimidates or insults”, substitute “threatens or intimidates”.

Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986

47  Subsection 170(1)

Repeal the subsection.