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2004-2005-2006

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Bill 2006

 

 

(1)     Clause 10, page 16 (line 15), omit paragraph (1)(d).

[staff members of law enforcement agencies]

(2)     Clause 10, page 16 (after line 17), after paragraph (1)(f), insert:

                    (fa)  a person engaged overseas under section 69A of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 to perform duties overseas as an employee of the AFP;

[staff members of law enforcement agencies]

(3)     Clause 10, page 17 (after line 32), after paragraph (5)(a), insert:

                    (aa)  a person referred to in paragraph (1)(e) or (f) who is also an employee of another government agency is a secondee to the AFP; and

[staff members of law enforcement agencies]

(4)     Clause 22, page 28 (lines 25 to 27), omit paragraph (2)(c).

[grounds for taking no further action]

(5)     Clause 22, page 28 (line 29), after paragraph (2)(d), insert:

               ; or (e)  subject to subsection (2A), a Commonwealth law that applies to the agency allows the agency to decide not to deal with the allegation or information that raises the corruption issue.

[grounds for taking no further action]

(6)     Clause 22, page 28 (after line 33), after subclause (2), insert:

          (2A)  Despite paragraph (2)(e), the agency must continue and complete, or begin and complete, an investigation of the corruption issue if the Integrity Commissioner considers, despite the Commonwealth law, that it would be more appropriate for the issue to be investigated.

[grounds for taking no further action]

(7)     Clause 31, page 38 (lines 30 and 31), omit paragraph (4)(c).

[grounds for taking no further action]

(8)     Clause 31, page 38 (line 33), at the end of subclause (4), add:

               ; or (e)  an investigation of the corruption issue is not warranted having regard to all the circumstances.

[grounds for taking no further action]

(9)     Clause 42, page 49 (lines 13 and 14), omit paragraph (3)(c).

[grounds for taking no further action]

(10)   Clause 42, page 49 (line 16), at the end of subclause (3), add:

               ; or (e)  further investigation of the corruption issue is not warranted having regard to all the circumstances.

[grounds for taking no further action]

(11)   Clause 72, page 77 (lines 18 and 19), omit the note, substitute:

Note:          Subsection 104A(1) provides certain protections for people who make submissions.

[protection of witnesses]

(12)   Clause 81, page 85 (line 24), before “A person”, insert “(1)”.

[protection of witnesses]

(13)   Clause 81, page 85 (after line 27), at the end of the clause, add:

             (2)  Subsection (3) applies if it appears to the Integrity Commissioner that, because a person:

                     (a)  is to give information, or produce a document or thing; or

                     (b)  has given information, or produced a document or thing;

to the Integrity Commissioner in response to a request under section 75 or 76, either:

                     (c)  the safety of the person or any other person may be prejudiced; or

                     (d)  the person or any other person may be subjected to intimidation or harassment.

             (3)  The Integrity Commissioner may make such arrangements as are necessary:

                     (a)  to protect the safety of any person mentioned in paragraph (2)(c); or

                     (b)  to protect any person mentioned in paragraph (2)(d) from intimidation or harassment.

             (4)  For the purpose of subsection (3), the arrangements that the Integrity Commissioner may make include arrangements with:

                     (a)  the Minister; or

                     (b)  members of the AFP; or

                     (c)  members of the police force of a State or Territory.

             (5)  This section does not affect the Witness Protection Act 1994 .

[protection of witnesses]

(14)   Clause 96, page 104 (line 28), omit “produced”, substitute “produce”.

[correction]

(15)   Clause 104, page 112 (line 31) to page 113 (line 4), omit subclause (3).

[protection of witnesses]

(16)   Page 113 (after line 11), at the end of Division 2, add:

104A  Protection of witnesses etc.

             (1)  A person who:

                     (a)  gives evidence at a hearing conducted under this Act; or

                     (b)  produces a document or thing at a hearing conducted under this Act; or

                     (c)  makes a submission to the Integrity Commissioner in relation to a public inquiry;

has the same protection as a witness in proceedings in the High Court.

             (2)  Subsection (3) applies if it appears to the Integrity Commissioner that, because a person:

                     (a)  is to give evidence, or produce a document or thing, at a hearing under this Act; or

                     (b)  has given evidence, or produced a document or thing, at a hearing under this Act; or

                     (c)  is to make, or has made, a submission to the Integrity Commissioner in relation to a public inquiry;

either:

                     (d)  the safety of the person or any other person may be prejudiced; or

                     (e)  the person or any other person may be subjected to intimidation or harassment.

             (3)  The Integrity Commissioner may make such arrangements as are necessary:

                     (a)  to protect the safety of any person mentioned in paragraph (2)(d); or

                     (b)  to protect any person mentioned in paragraph (2)(e) from intimidation or harassment.

             (4)  For the purpose of subsection (3), the arrangements that the Integrity Commissioner may make include arrangements with:

                     (a)  the Minister; or

                     (b)  members of the AFP; or

                     (c)  members of the police force of a State or Territory.

             (5)  This section does not affect the Witness Protection Act 1994 .

[protection of witnesses]

(17)   Clause 123, page 134 (lines 3 to 7), omit subclause (4), substitute:

             (4)  However, the Integrity Commissioner must not do so if the data is evidence that he or she must deal with in accordance with Part 10.

[dealing with information]

(18)   Heading to Division 1, page 146 (lines 4 and 5), omit the heading.

[dealing with information]

(19)   Clause 147, page 152 (line 9), omit “must”.

[correction]

(20)   Division 2, clause 148, page 153 (line 2) to page 154 (line 7), omit the Division.

[dealing with information]

(21)   Clause 149, page 156 (after line 28), at the end of the clause, add:

             (6)  The Attorney-General must give a copy of the certificate to:

                     (a)  the Integrity Commissioner; and

                     (b)  either:

                              (i)  if the information or the document referred to in subsection (1) is in the possession of a law enforcement agency—the head of the law enforcement agency; or

                             (ii)  if the information or the document referred to in subsection (1) is in the possession of a person—the person.

[Attorney-General’s certificates]

(22)   Clause 201, page 194 (line 25), at the end of paragraph (2)(a), add:

                    and (vii)  certificates issued under section 149 during that year;

[Attorney-General’s certificates]

(23)   Heading to subclause 208(3), page 201 (line 29), omit the heading, substitute:

Giving information to relevant agency

[dealing with information]

(24)   Clause 208, page 201 (line 30) to page 202 (line 6), omit subclause (3), substitute:

             (3)  Subsection 207(1) does not prevent the Integrity Commissioner from disclosing information to the following heads of agencies:

                     (a)  the Commonwealth Ombudsman;

                     (b)  an Ombudsman of a State or Territory;

                     (c)  the head of a law enforcement agency;

                     (d)  the head of a police force of a State or Territory;

                     (e)  the head of an integrity agency for a State or Territory;

                      (f)  the head of another government agency;

if the Integrity Commissioner is satisfied that, having regard to the functions of the agency concerned, it is appropriate to do so.

[dealing with information]

(25)   Page 214 (after line 11), after clause 223, insert:

223A   Review of operation of Act

Undertaking the review

             (1)  The Minister must cause an independent review to be undertaken of the first 3 years of the operation of this Act.

Report to Minister

             (2)  The persons undertaking the review must give the Minister a written report of the review within 6 months after the end of the 3-year period.

Submissions

             (3)  The review must include an opportunity for:

                     (a)  persons who are, or have been, staff members of law enforcement agencies; and

                     (b)  members of the public;

to make written submissions on the operation of this Act.

Assistance

             (4)  The Integrity Commissioner and staff members of ACLEI must, if requested to do so by the persons undertaking the review, assist them in:

                     (a)  conducting the review; and

                     (b)  preparing the written report.

Tabling of report

             (5)  The Minister must cause a copy of the report of the review to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sitting days of that House.

Section not to apply if review conducted by Parliamentary committee

             (6)  However, this section does not apply if a committee of one or both Houses of the Parliament (including the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity) has reviewed the operation of this Act, or started such a review, before the end of the 3-year period.

Definition

             (7)  In this section:

independent review means a review undertaken by a person or persons who, in the Minister’s opinion, possess appropriate qualifications to undertake the review.

[review of operation of Act]

(26)   Clause 224, page 214 (line 13), before “The”, insert “(1)”.

[regulations]

(27)   Clause 224, page 214 (after line 16), at the end of the clause, add:

             (2)  The regulations may require that information or reports that are required to be given under prescribed provisions are also to be given to prescribed persons in specified circumstances.

[regulations]