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Legal Briefing: Australia toughens maritime pollution laws (December 2011)
On the 21st November 2011, the Australian government passed a bill extend penalty provisions for pollution incidents in their waters. As well as expanding existing offence and civil penalty provisions in the Navigation Act 1912 (Navigation Act) and the Protection of the Sea (Prevention of Pollution from Ships) Act 1983 (PPS Act). The amendments include new provisions that are expected to take effect from the 18th December 2011.