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Inspector of Transport Security Bill 2006

2004-2005-2006

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspector of Transport Security Bill 2006

 

No.      , 2006

 

(Transport and Regional Services)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to provide for inquiry into transport security matters and offshore security matters, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

4............ Act binds the Crown........................................................................... 7

5............ Application to external territories........................................................ 7

6............ Application outside Australia.............................................................. 7

7............ Relationship with other laws............................................................... 7

8............ Geographical jurisdiction.................................................................... 8

Part 2—Objects and overview of Act                                                                         9

Division 1—Objects                                                                                                        9

9............ Objects................................................................................................ 9

Division 2—Overview                                                                                                 10

10.......... General overview of Act................................................................... 10

Part 3—Inquiries                                                                                                                   11

11.......... Minister may initiate inquiry............................................................. 11

12.......... What is a transport security matter ?................................................. 11

13.......... What is an offshore security matter ?................................................. 12

14.......... Constitutional limitations—air transport............................................ 12

15.......... Constitutional limitations—maritime transport.................................. 13

16.......... Constitutional limitations—rail transport........................................... 14

17.......... Constitutional limitations—road transport......................................... 15

18.......... Constitutional limitations—security regulated offshore facilities....... 15

19.......... Meaning of outside Australia in sections 14 to 18............................ 16

20.......... Consultation with other Ministers before direction made.................. 17

21.......... Defence aspects of a matter............................................................... 17

22.......... Surface transport aspects of a transport security matter..................... 18

23.......... Geographical reach of inquiry........................................................... 18

24.......... Preservation of certain privileges and immunities............................. 19

Part 4—Inspector of Transport Security                                                               21

Division 1—Appointment                                                                                          21

25.......... Inspector of Transport Security......................................................... 21

26.......... Conduct of Inspector......................................................................... 21

27.......... Terms and conditions of employment............................................... 22

28.......... Remuneration.................................................................................... 22

29.......... Acting appointments......................................................................... 22

30.......... Resignation....................................................................................... 22

31.......... Termination....................................................................................... 23

Division 2—Functions                                                                                                  24

32.......... Functions of the Inspector................................................................. 24

Division 3—Powers                                                                                                       25

33.......... Powers of Inspector to be used for inquiries..................................... 25

Part 5—Gathering information                                                                                    26

Division 1—Powers relating to information and documents                 26

34.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 26

35.......... Power to request information from persons generally....................... 27

36.......... Power to request information from government agencies................. 29

37.......... Requesting OBR information and restricted information from the Executive Director             30

38.......... Protection from liability..................................................................... 33

Division 2—Search powers                                                                                       34

39.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 34

40.......... Identity cards..................................................................................... 34

41.......... Obligations before entering premises or boarding transport vehicle.. 35

42.......... Security regulated offshore facilities—occupational health and safety requirements                36

43.......... Power to enter any premises with consent........................................ 36

44.......... Power to board any transport vehicle with consent........................... 37

45.......... Powers that may be exercised in relation to premises........................ 37

46.......... Powers that may be exercised in relation to a transport vehicle......... 38

47.......... Compensation for damage to electronic equipment........................... 39

Division 3—Where information or documents are volunteered          40

48.......... Protection from liability..................................................................... 40

Division 4—Information generated in the course of conducting an inquiry        41

49.......... Copying, making a record of, using or disclosing information generated in the course of an inquiry      41

Part 6—Reports                                                                                                                     42

Division 1—Simplified outline                                                                                 42

50.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 42

Division 2—Interim reports                                                                                     44

51.......... Interim report—no security issue found............................................ 44

52.......... Disclosure of interim reports............................................................. 44

53.......... Admissibility of interim reports........................................................ 46

Division 3—Draft reports                                                                                         47

54.......... Information that may be included in draft reports.............................. 47

55.......... Disclosure of draft reports................................................................ 47

56.......... Copying, recording, disclosing and using draft report...................... 49

57.......... Submissions on a draft report........................................................... 50

58.......... Admissibility of draft reports............................................................ 50

Division 4—Final reports                                                                                          51

59.......... Final report........................................................................................ 51

60.......... Disclosure by the Minister to another person.................................... 51

61.......... Final reports containing protected information.................................. 52

62.......... Final reports relating to surface transport aspects of a matter............ 53

63.......... Final reports containing OBR information, CVR information, and restricted information given to the Inspector by the Executive Director............................................................................. 53

64.......... Tabling report in the Parliament etc................................................... 55

65.......... Admissibility of final reports............................................................ 55

Part 7—Protected information                                                                                     56

66.......... What is protected information ?......................................................... 56

67.......... Offence—copying, recording, using or disclosing protected information                56

68.......... Disclosing information where serious offence imminent.................. 58

69.......... Disclosing information where not directly relevant to an inquiry...... 59

70.......... Disclosing information to the Executive Director.............................. 59

71.......... Immunity where copying, recording, using or disclosing protected information permitted under this Act               60

Part 8—OBR information, CVR information, and restricted information given to the Inspector by the Executive Director                                                                                             61

72.......... Simplified outline.............................................................................. 61

73.......... Application of other laws to copying, recording, use and disclosure of OBR information       62

74.......... Application of other laws to copying, recording, use and disclosure of CVR information       62

75.......... Application of other laws to copying, recording, use and disclosure of restricted information given to the Inspector by the Executive Director....................................................................... 62

76.......... Immunity where copying, recording, using or disclosing OBR information, CVR information, or restricted information given by the Executive Director, permitted under this Act................ 65

77.......... Disclosing OBR information, CVR information, and restricted information given by the Executive Director, where serious offence imminent.................................................................. 66

78.......... Eligible Judge.................................................................................... 69

79.......... Nominated AAT member.................................................................. 69

Part 9—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        71

80.......... Inspector to minimise disruption to transport.................................... 71

81.......... Inspector to act consistently with Australia’s international obligations 71

82.......... Delegation......................................................................................... 71

83.......... States and Territories may confer powers and functions on Inspector 72

84.......... Immunity for actions under this Act.................................................. 73

85.......... Immunity for failure to act................................................................. 73

86.......... Certification by Inspector of a person’s involvement in an inquiry... 74

87.......... Compellability as a witness............................................................... 75

88.......... Fees for attendance at coronial inquiries............................................ 75

89.......... Legal representation at coronial inquiry............................................. 76

90.......... Operation of section 503A of the Migration Act 1958 not affected... 76

91.......... Powers of Parliament and Royal Commissions not affected............. 76

92.......... Compensation for acquisition of property......................................... 77

93.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 77

 



A Bill for an Act to provide for inquiry into transport security matters and offshore security matters, and for related purposes

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