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Surveillance Devices Bill 1997

Bill No. 92
Long Title The purpose of this Bill is to prohibit covert and intrusive surveillance of private activities and private conversations by anyone except those sanctioned by judicial authority, and then only subject to certain conditions. Surveillance devices are dealt with in three categories in the Bill - listening devices; optical surveillance devices; and tracking devices. Jurisdiction to grant warrants for surveillance devices is divided between judges and magistrates with the former having jurisdiction over all surveillance devices and the latter only having jurisdiction with respect to tracking devices. The Bill also creates offences and provides penalties for various activities relating to the use, installation and maintenance of surveillance devices.
Status Assented to
Royal Assent given 11 Jan 1999 as Act No. 56/98 of 1999. Different sections of this Act come into operation on Royal Assent and Proclamation. For details refer to Commencement Clause of the Bill (see also Assent and Commencement information for Acts)
Current Bill
Legislative Assembly DateNote No.Related Documents
Introduced 10/15/1997  
First Reading 10/15/1997  
Second Reading 10/21/1997  
Second Reading Speech   
Second Reading Agreed 11/21/1997  
Consideration in Detail 11/26/1997  
Amendments adopted 10/15/1998  
Third Reading 10/21/1998  

Legislative Council DateNote No.Related Documents
First Reading 10/21/1998  
Second Reading 10/21/1998  
Second Reading Speech   
Second Reading Agreed 12/02/1998  
Committee of the whole 12/02/1998  
Third Reading 12/03/1998  

Messages Between Houses DateNote No.
Legislative Council sent to the Legislative Assembly  12/23/1998 3 
Consideration of Legislative Council Message   12/23/1998  

Other Procedures DateNote No.Related Links
Reinstated to the stage reached in the previous Session  08/12/1998  
Amendments agreed to by Legislative Assembly  12/23/1998  

1. Government amendments added in Committee to Pro-Forma Committal Bill No. 92-2B 24/6/98.
2. Restored to the Second Session of Parliament on 12 August 1998.
3. Correction of printing error by inserting missing line.