New laws to crack down on ID theft
Criminals using stolen identities and dealing in new drugs will be targeted under new laws.
The Senate on Tuesday passed legislation broadening the definition of identity crimes and cracking down on the new drugs emerging on the market.
Attorney-General Nicola Roxon last month introduced a legislative package to ensure commonwealth criminal law remained up to date and effective.
The bill will make it a crime to use a false identity to book a flight over the internet or to take commercial flights.
It will also be a crime to use a false identity when identifying oneself for a flight.
The bill also makes it a crime to use a carriage service like the internet or a mobile phone to obtain identity information with the intention of committing another offence.
The maximum fine for obtaining a financial advantage by deception would jump from $66,000 to $102,000 for an individual under the changes.
Labor senator Catryna Bilyk said internet fraud and online crimes were a very real threat and it was important Australian laws kept up with the changing times.
"We need to give our law enforcement authorities the legislative tools to combat crime in the 21st century," she told the chamber.
Other measures in the package include allowing illicit drugs to be listed by regulation, so criminals can't exploit loopholes created when lists of controlled drugs don't keep pace with the market for new, illegal substances.
The Senate Legal Affairs committee last week recommended the bill pass the upper house, stating it allowed authorities to "respond efficiently to the emergence of new drug threats".
The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Serious Drugs, Identity Crime and Other Measures) Bill 2012 has no passed the Senate.