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Food contamination penalties pass Australian Parliament

Staff Writer | September 24, 2018
Tougher penalties to deal with acts of food contamination have been passed by the Australian Parliament.
Christian Porter
Australia   Porter, said the tougher penalties send a strong signal
Attorney-General, Christian Porter, said the tougher penalties send a strong signal to those who put the safety of individuals and the livelihoods of our farmers at risk that their actions will not be tolerated and will be dealt with severely.

"I thank Members and Senators across all parties who have facilitated the speedy passage of this important bill today," the Attorney-General said.

"The Morrison Government has acted quickly and decisively to introduce these penalties in response to the recent food contamination issue that has spread rapidly across the country.

"Of particular concern has been the rapid escalation in copy-cat offences and hoaxes.

"This behaviour is not a joke. It is not funny. It is a serious criminal offence which the Morrison Government, and now the whole Australian Parliament has denounced.

"As a consequence of this bill offenders will face serious consequences."