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Royal Commissions Amendment (Records) Bill 2006

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2004-2005-2006

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

Royal Commissions Amendment (Records) Bill 2006

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, item 2, page 3 (after line 17), after the definition of body in subsection 9(1), insert:

civil penalty proceeding means a proceeding for a civil penalty in relation to a contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory.

confiscation proceeding means a proceeding under:

                     (a)  the Proceeds of Crime Act 1987 or the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 ; or

                     (b)  a corresponding law within the meaning of either of those Acts;

but does not include a criminal prosecution for an offence under either of those Acts or a corresponding law.

[custody and use of Royal Commission records]

(2)     Schedule 1, item 2, page 3 (after line 21), after the definition of custodian in subsection 9(1), insert:

disciplinary proceeding :

                     (a)  means a proceeding of a disciplinary nature under a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; and

                     (b)  includes action taken under Subdivision D of Division 5 of Part V of the Australian Federal Police Act 1979 .

law enforcement purposes means the purposes of taking action to enforce a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory and includes the following purposes:

                     (a)  the purpose of bringing:

                              (i)  a prosecution for an offence against a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; or

                             (ii)  a civil penalty proceeding; or

                            (iii)  a confiscation proceeding; or

                            (iv)  a disciplinary proceeding;

                     (b)  the purpose of investigating whether:

                              (i)  an offence has been committed against a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; or

                             (ii)  there has been a contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory in relation to which civil penalty proceedings may be brought;

                     (c)  the purpose of preparing the material necessary to prosecute a person for an offence against a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory;

                     (d)  the purpose of preparing the material necessary to bring civil penalty proceedings against a person for a contravention of a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory;

                     (e)  the purpose of preparing the material necessary to bring a confiscation proceeding;

                      (f)  the purpose of preparing the material necessary to bring a disciplinary proceeding.

[custody and use of Royal Commission records]

(3)     Schedule 1, item 2, page 4 (line 14), after “may”, insert “, subject to subsection (3),”.

[custody and use of Royal Commission records]

(4)     Schedule 1, item 2, page 5 (lines 5 to 20), omit subsection 9(3), substitute:

             (3)  The persons and bodies who may be given custody of Royal Commission records by regulations made for the purposes of paragraph (2)(a) are the following:

                     (a)  the Attorney-General of the Commonwealth, of a State, of the Australian Capital Territory or of the Northern Territory;

                     (b)  the Director of Public Prosecutions;

                     (c)  a Special Prosecutor appointed under the Special Prosecutors Act 1982 ;

                     (d)  the Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police or of the Police Force of a State or of the Northern Territory;

                     (e)  the Australian Securities and Investments Commission;

                      (f)  the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission;

                     (g)  the Australian Crime Commission;

                     (h)  the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity;

                      (i)  the Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet;

                      (j)  the National Archives of Australia;

                     (k)  a body or person responsible for the administration or enforcement of a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory.

[custody and use of Royal Commission records]

(5)     Schedule 1, item 2, page 7 (lines 6 to 13), omit paragraph 9(11)(a), substitute:

                     (a)  the custodian may, for law enforcement purposes:

                              (i)  use the records under subsection (6); and

                             (ii)  give the records to another person or body under regulations made for the purposes of paragraph (2)(c); and

                            (iii)  allow another person or body access to the records under regulations made for the purposes of paragraph (2)(d); and

[custody and use of Royal Commission records]

(6)     Schedule 1, item 2, page 7 (line 15), after “may”, insert “, for law enforcement purposes,”.

[custody and use of Royal Commission records]