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Crimes Legislation Amendment (Police Powers at Airports) Bill 2018

The Law Council welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’s (PJCIS) inquiry into the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Police Powers at Airports) Bill 2018 (the Bill).

The Law Council is grateful for the assistance of its National Criminal Law Committee and the Law Society of South Australia in the preparation of this submission.

The Bill seeks to amend the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) (Crimes Act) to broaden existing identity check provisions and create offences and powers in relation to identity check, move-on and ancillary directions by constables and protective services officers at Australia’s major airports; and the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 (Cth) to provide that the offence of contravening an identity check or move-on direction is a protective service offence for the purposes of the Act.

The amendments would allow constables and protective service officers to direct a person to:

• produce evidence of their identity;
• leave airport premises and/or not take a specified flight or any flight, for up to 24 hours; and
• direct a person to stop or do anything else necessary to facilitate an identity check or move-on direction.

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