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BIOSECURITY ACT 2015 - SECT 299

Exceptions--safety, accidents and pollution

Safety

             (1)  Section 298 does not apply to the disposal of sediment from a vessel if the disposal is necessary for the purpose of:

                     (a)  ensuring the safety of the vessel in an emergency; or

                     (b)  saving life at sea.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matters in this subsection (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code ).

Accidents

             (2)  Section 298 does not apply to the disposal of sediment from a vessel if:

                     (a)  the disposal is accidental and results from damage to the vessel or its equipment; and

                     (b)  all reasonable precautions to prevent or minimise the disposal are taken at the following times:

                              (i)  before and after the occurrence of the damage;

                             (ii)  before and after the discovery of the damage;

                            (iii)  before and after the discovery of the disposal; and

                     (c)  none of the following intentionally caused the damage, or was reckless as to the occurrence of the damage:

                              (i)  the person in charge of the vessel;

                             (ii)  the owner of the vessel;

                            (iii)  the operator of the vessel.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matters in this subsection (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code ).

Avoiding or minimising pollution

             (3)  Section 298 does not apply to the disposal of sediment from a vessel if the disposal is for the purpose of avoiding or minimising pollution from the vessel.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in this subsection (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code ).



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