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August 17, 2008 

Australia Releases Export Control Enforcement Information

Australia's Canberra Times reports that Australia's Minister for Defense has disclosed for the first time information on violations of Australia's export control laws. The article reports that there "have been 41 known breaches of Australia's defence export regulations", "22 violations 2006-07, 17 in 2007-08 and two in 2005-2006." According to the article, the "breaches involved military equipment, chemicals, telecommunications and electronic equipment, information security technology, avionics, material processing technology and other controlled goods."

The article notes that under Australia's Customs Act, penalties for persons and companies who attempt to export controlled goods without a permit or license face fines of up to $275,000 Australian dollars (approximately US$238,000) and 10 years imprisonment.

The article also indicates that "in recent years there have been only two prosecutions for defence export control violations, both in 2006 for offences alleged to have been committed in 2003, with one firm being fined a modest $13,000 and forfeiting the goods in question."

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