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senate vote 2019-12-05#19

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  • Ministerial Statements — Dairy Industry
  • Australian Crime Commission Amendment (Special Operations and Special Investigations) Bill 2019 - Third Reading - Retroactive application


  • <p class="speaker">Scott Ryan</p>
  • <p>The question is that subitem (2) of item 53 and items 54 to 56 of schedule 1 stand as printed.</p>
  • <p class="italic"> <i>Centre Alliance opposed schedule 1 in the following terms&#8212;</i></p>
  • The majority voted in favour of a [motion]( to keep subitem (2) of item 53 and items 54 to 56 of [schedule 1](;db=LEGISLATION;id=legislation%2Fbills%2Fr6457_aspassed%2F0001;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbills%2Fr6457_aspassed%2F0000%22;rec=0) stand as printed, which is parliamentary jargon for keeping those items unchanged. This motion was put after the Centre Alliance moved that those items should be opposed.
  • The items listed above relate to the retroactive aspects of the bill (see information below).
  • ### What does the bill do?
  • According to the [bills digest](, the bill was introduced in order to:
  • > * *respond to concern about the validity of certain [ACIC]( determinations and other documents raised in the case of [CXXXVIII v Commonwealth]( by confirming the validity of current and former Australian Crime Commission (ACC) special operations and special investigations, the lawfulness of which has been questioned and*
  • > * *amend the process by which the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) Board authorises future special operations and special investigations, including by amending the threshold of which it must be satisfied.*
  • Although the bill does not expand or alter the powers available to ACIC, parties [like the Centre Alliance]( were concerned by the retroactive nature of the bill. That is, it will confirm the validity of current and former special operations and special investigations at a time when the High Court is considering the validity of these laws in the context of an alleged unlawful investigation.
  • <p class="italic">(3) Schedule 1, item 53, page 11 (lines 12 to 19), subitem (2) to be opposed.</p>
  • <p class="italic">(4) Schedule 1, items 54 to 56, page 11 (line 20) to page 13 (line 33), to be opposed.</p>