Criminal Legislation Amendment Act 2007 No 57

An Act to make miscellaneous amendments to legislation relating to crimes, criminal procedure, and other matters.
1   Name of Act
This Act is the Criminal Legislation Amendment Act 2007.
2   Commencement
(1)  Sections 1–3, 5, Schedule 1 [1], [11], [12] and [15] and Schedule 3 [1] and [3]–[6] commence on the date of assent to this Act.
(2)  This Act commences on a day or days to be appointed by proclamation, except as provided by subsection (1).
3   Amendment of Acts
The Acts specified in Schedules 1–4 are amended as set out in those Schedules.
4   (Repealed)
5   Repeal of Act
(1)  This Act is repealed on the day following the day on which all of the provisions of this Act have commenced.
(2)  The repeal of this Act does not, because of the operation of section 30 of the Interpretation Act 1987, affect any amendment made by this Act.
Schedules 1–3 (Repealed)
(Section 3)
[1]   (Repealed)
[2]   Section 24A Possession of precursors and certain apparatus for manufacture or production of prohibited drugs
Omit section 24A (1). Insert instead:
(1)  A person who has possession of:
(a)  a precursor, or
(b)  a drug manufacture apparatus,
intended by the person for use in the manufacture or production, by that person or another person, of a prohibited drug is guilty of an offence.
[3]   Section 24A (3)
Omit the subsection. Insert instead:
(3)  In this section:
drug manufacture apparatus means an apparatus specified or described in the regulations as a drug manufacture apparatus for the purposes of this section.
precursor means a substance specified or described in the regulations as a precursor for the purposes of this section.
[4]   Section 24B
Insert after section 24A:
24B   Possession of prohibited drug precursors
(1)  A person who has in his or her possession a precursor of a quantity not less than the quantity prescribed by the regulations in relation to that precursor is guilty of an offence.
(2)  It is a defence to a prosecution for an offence under subsection (1) if the defendant establishes:
(a)  that the defendant is in possession of the precursor for the purposes of an activity that is not unlawful, or
(b)  that the defendant otherwise has a reasonable excuse for possessing the precursor.
(3)  In this section, precursor means a substance:
(a)  that is capable of being used to manufacture or produce a prohibited drug, and
(b)  that is specified or described in the regulations as a precursor for the purposes of this section.
[5]   Section 31 Indictable offences—summary disposal of unless prosecution or accused elects otherwise
Insert “or 24B” after “section 24A” in section 31 (1A).
[6]   Section 33AB Penalties for offences involving possession of prohibited drug precursors
Insert at the end of the section:
(2)  The penalty for an offence under section 24B is a fine of 1,000 penalty units or imprisonment for a term of 5 years, or both, except as provided by section 31.
[7]–[12]   (Repealed)
sch 4: Am 2008 No 62, Sch 4.