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Tough new child pornography laws approved recently by the Queensland Parliament could pave the way for other Australian governments to increase penalties for offences.The amendments double the…

Tough new child pornography laws approved recently by the Queensland Parliament could pave the way for other Australian governments to increase penalties for offences.

The amendments double the maximum penalties for procuring children for pornography and for producing or distributing child pornography to 10 years jail. They also more than double the penalties for possessing child pornography to a maximum of five years.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Rod Welford said the Criminal Code (Child Pornography and Abuse) Amendment Act had overhauled the State’s child pornography laws.

“Child exploitation offences will now include a much greater range of material and include other forms of abuse against children, such as torture,” Welford said.

“By targeting those who produce, possess or distribute this material, we hope to diminish the market for child pornography and remove the incentive to make it.

“Our Government will continue to be vigilant to protect ourchildren, and is prepared to make further amendments to the law where necessary.”

Welford said he would encourage other Australian governments to support Queensland’s approach, and formulate uniform national laws.

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