Lunchtime discussion: Analysing the Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill 2019

The MULSS Environment Portfolio invites you to a lunchtime seminar, led by Professor Jeremy Gans. The event will be held at 1pm on Thursday 10 October 2019 in Room 221, Melbourne Law School.

The seminar will focus on the proposed Criminal Code Amendment (Agricultural Protection) Bill 2019 that was put forward by the Commonwealth Government in July 2019 and referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee. If passed, the Bill would introduce new offences relating to using a ‘carriage service’ to incite trespass, property damage, or theft on agricultural land.

The Bill is significant from an animal law perspective. As the Bill is a response to entry into agricultural properties by animal activists and could expose activists to criminal liability, some Australian animal lawyers have characterised it as an example of an ‘ag-gag’ law. That is, a law that inhibits animal protection advocates from documenting and publicising conditions in animal agricultural facilities. The Bill also raises issues around freedom of protest and freedom of expression.

Professor Jeremy Gans (Coordinator of Criminal Law and Procedure) has generously agreed to take us through an elements analysis of one of the proposed offences and to discuss the broader implications of the offence. This will provide an opportunity for current students of Criminal Law to revise!

We will have some snacks for attendees to enjoy.

All welcome!

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This event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, and we pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging, and we recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.