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Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Page: 11776


Mr PERRETT (Moreton) (10:22): On behalf of the Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs, I seek leave to make a statement on the Law Enforcement Integrity Legislation Amendment Bill 2012, in discharge of the committee's requirement to provide an advisory report on the bill and to present a copy of my statement.

Leave granted.

Mr PERRETT: On 20 September the House of Representatives Selection Committee referred the Law Enforcement Integrity Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 to our committee for inquiry and report. The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee was also referred this bill by the Senate for inquiry. Schedule 1 of the Law Enforcement Integrity Legislation Amendment Bill 2012 sets out the substance of the changes.

This schedule of the bill gives effect to recommendations made by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity in its 2011 report on integrity testing. As such, the Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee considers that it is more appropriate for the original committee to inquire into this bill to examine whether it effectively implements the recommendations. Should the House wish to seek committee scrutiny of this bill, it is suggested that this bill be referred to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity for inquiry and report to both houses of parliament.