Ringing the changes to the Crimes Act

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SIMON Corbell says his proposed Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 will introduce a range of changes to, amongst other things, provide greater protection from invasions of privacy in response to advances in technology.

“The offences introduced by the Bill, to protect the privacy of individuals, will ensure that the law can appropriately deal with people who indecently engage in behaviour sometimes referred to as up-skirting and down-blousing without the consent of the person being observed, filmed or photographed,” Simon said.

The Bill also includes changes which prohibit the display of drug paraphernalia such as ice pipes, hash pipes and cannabis water pipes.

Other changes include allowing Victim Impact Statements in the form of a drawing, and a requirement to provide interview-friends for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are subject to an application or order for a forensic procedure.

“The amendments recognise the particular vulnerability and overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the criminal justice system,” Simon said.

The Bill makes a number of amendments to clarify regulation of firearms and important safety controls on the use of firearms in the territory. These include:

  • Giving authorised instructors a general authority to use club-owned firearms for the purpose of instruction.
  • Allowing licensees to use their firearms on club shooting ranges where they are registered for genuine reasons other than club use.
  • Clarifying the existing restriction that a young person must be 12 years or older to possess or use a firearm for the purposes of receiving instruction on a shooting range.

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