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TOBACCO PLAIN PACKAGING ACT 2011 - SECT 38

Purchasing non-compliant tobacco products

             (1)  A person contravenes this subsection if:

                     (a)  the person purchases a tobacco product; and

                     (b)  the product does not comply with a tobacco product requirement.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply to an individual who purchases the tobacco product for his or her personal use.

Note:          There is another exception to subsection (1) in section 49 (non-compliant tobacco products for export).

Fault-based offence

             (3)  A person commits an offence if the person contravenes subsection (1).

Penalty:  2,000 penalty units.

Note 1:       See section 50 in relation to the physical elements of the offence.

Note 2:       A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code ).

Strict liability offence

             (4)  A person commits an offence of strict liability if the person contravenes subsection (1).

Penalty:  60 penalty units.

Note 1:        For offences of strict liability, see subsection 6.1(1) of the Criminal Code .

Note 2:       A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code ).

Civil penalty provision

             (5)  A person is liable to a civil penalty if the person contravenes subsection (1).

Civil penalty:          2,000 penalty units.

Note:          It is not necessary to prove a person's state of mind in proceedings for a contravention of a civil penalty provision, except in limited circumstances (see section 94 of the Regulatory Powers Act).



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