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Government Advertising (Prohibiting use of taxpayers' money on party political advertising) Bill 2005

Schedule 1 Amendments

 

F inancial Management and Accountability Act 1997

1 Section 14

Repeal the section, substitute:

14  Misapplication or improper use of public money

             (1)  An official or Minister must not misapply public money or improperly dispose of, or improperly use, public money.

             (2)  For the purposes of subsection (1), and without limiting the generality of that subsection, it is an improper use of public money to use or permit to be used any public money for a government information program unless that program is in accordance with the Principles and Guidelines for Government Advertising Campaigns contained in Schedule 2 of the Government Advertising (Prohibiting use of taxpayers’ money on party political advertising) Act 2005.

Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 7 years.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.