Child sex and drug peddling offence jail times hiked

THOSE convicted of child pornography offences could face almost triple the jail time after Parliament passed legislation that increased penalties for child sex offenders and synthetic drug peddlers.

The changes mean those found with child-sex material would now face up to 14 years in prison, almost three-times the previous penalty of five years.

Changes to the Criminal Code also introduce a new crime for those grooming a child under 16, with a heavier penalty for those who obtain a child for sex.

It will now also be illegal for a de-facto parent to have sex with their partner's child, after they have reached the age of consent, with the government now categorising the act as incest.

Synthetic drug makers will be targeted by a new law against selling "precursors" or chemicals used to make illicit narcotics.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said the new laws were about protecting children and fighting the war against drugs.

The suite of laws also included a ban on publishing information accidentally released by the Crime and Misconduct Commission for at least another six months.

The CMC inadvertently published sensitive information about witnesses who testified against government corruption in the 1980s, which has since been suppressed.



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