Are the Chief Health Officers Directives relying on the Health and Wellbeing Act for validity Inconsistent with Commonwealth Law?

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA CONSTITUTION ACT – SECT 109
Inconsistency of laws

When a law of a State is inconsistent with a law of the Commonwealth, the latter shall prevail, and the former shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be invalid.

 

 

 

 

 

Are the Chief Health Officers Directives relying on the Health and Wellbeing Act

Inconsistent with Commonwealth Law?

 

 

 

Criminal Code Act 1995

Schedule—The Criminal Code

Chapter 8—Offences against humanity and related offences

  

Division 268—Genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes against the administration of the justice of the International Criminal Court

 

 

 

 

 

 

268.10  Crime against humanityenslavement

             (1)  A person (the perpetrator) commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the perpetrator exercises any or all of the powers attaching to the right of ownership over one or more persons (including the exercise of a power in the course of trafficking in persons, in particular women and children); and

                     (b)  the perpetrator’s conduct is committed intentionally or knowingly as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against a civilian population.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 25 years.

 

 

 

 

268.12  Crime against humanity—imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty

             (1)  A person (the perpetrator) commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the perpetrator imprisons one or more persons or otherwise severely deprives one or more persons of physical liberty; and

                     (b)  the perpetrator’s conduct violates article 9, 14 or 15 of the Covenant; and

                     (c)  the perpetrator’s conduct is committed intentionally or knowingly as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against a civilian population.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 17 years.

             (2)  Strict liability applies to paragraph (1)(b).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you be held guilty for breaching a Direction of the Chief Health Officer which does not constitute a criminal

Offence under national law?

 

 

 

 

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Article 15

1.    No one shall be held guilty of any criminal offence on account of any act or
omission which did not constitute a criminal offence, under national or international law
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at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time when the criminal offence was committed. If, subsequent to the commission of the offence, provision is made by law for the imposition of a lighter penalty, the offender shall benefit thereby.

 

 

 

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