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National Integrity Commissioner Bill 2012

2010-2011-2012

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Integrity Commissioner Bill 2012

 

No.      , 2012

 

(Mr Bandt)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to establish the office of the National Integrity Commissioner, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

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

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

3............ Objects of Act..................................................................................... 2

4............ Saving of powers, privileges and immunities...................................... 3

5............ Application of Act............................................................................... 3

6............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

7............ Meaning of corrupt conduct ............................................................... 7

8............ Meaning of corruption issue ............................................................. 10

Part 2—The National Integrity Commission                                                        11

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           11

9............ Guide to this Part.............................................................................. 11

Division 2—Establishment                                                                                        13

10.......... Establishment.................................................................................... 13

11.......... Definition of integrity officers ........................................................... 13

Division 3—Functions and powers of the integrity officers                    14

12.......... Definition of national integrity commissioner functions ................... 14

13.......... Definition of law enforcement integrity commissioner functions ...... 15

14.......... Definition of independent parliamentary advisor functions .............. 15

15.......... Functions and powers of the National Integrity Commissioner........ 16

16.......... Functions and powers of the Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner 17

17.......... Functions and powers of the Independent Parliamentary Advisor.... 17

Part 3—Dealing with corruption issues                                                                   18

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           18

18.......... Guide to this Part.............................................................................. 18

Division 2—Referring corruption issues to National Integrity Commissioner 19

19.......... Referral of corruption issues............................................................. 19

20.......... Person making referral under section 19 may elect to be kept informed 20

Division 3—How National Integrity Commissioner deals with referred corruption issues        21

21.......... How National Integrity Commissioner may deal with referred corruption issues    21

22.......... Advising person who refers corruption issue of decision about how to deal with corruption issue         21

23.......... Advising person to whom referred corruption issue relates of decision about how to deal with corruption issue    23

Division 4—National Integrity Commissioner dealing with corruption issues on own initiative             24

24.......... National Integrity Commissioner may deal with corruption issues on own initiative               24

25.......... Advising head of Commonwealth agency of decision to deal with corruption issue on own initiative     24

26.......... Advising person of decision to deal with corruption issue on own initiative            25

Division 5—Reconsidering how to deal with a corruption issue          27

27.......... Reconsidering how to deal with a corruption issue........................... 27

Part 4—Investigations by the National Integrity Commissioner              28

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           28

28.......... Guide to this Part.............................................................................. 28

Division 2—Investigation                                                                                          29

29.......... Application of Division..................................................................... 29

30.......... National Integrity Commissioner to determine manner of conducting investigation 29

31.......... Opportunity to be heard.................................................................... 29

Division 3—Reporting                                                                                                 31

Subdivision A—Reporting during investigation                                               31

32.......... National Integrity Commissioner to keep person who referred corruption issue informed of progress of investigation.......................................................................................................... 31

Subdivision B—Reporting at the end of investigation                                     31

33.......... Report on investigation..................................................................... 31

34.......... National Integrity Commissioner to give report to Prime Minister.... 33

35.......... Advising person who referred corruption issue of outcome of the investigation      33

36.......... Advising person whose conduct is investigated of outcome of the investigation     35

Part 5—Public inquiries into corruption issues                                                  37

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           37

37.......... Guide to this Part.............................................................................. 37

Division 2—Conducting a public inquiry                                                          38

38.......... National Integrity Commissioner may conduct public inquiry.......... 38

39.......... Publicising inquiry............................................................................ 38

Division 3—Reporting                                                                                                 39

40.......... Report on public inquiry................................................................... 39

41.......... Giving report to Prime Minister........................................................ 40

Part 6—National Integrity Commissioner’s powers in conducting investigations and public inquiries                                                                                                                                       41

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           41

42.......... Guide to this Part.............................................................................. 41

Division 2—Requiring people to give information or produce documents or things      42

Subdivision A—Requests by National Integrity Commissioner                    42

43.......... Request to person to give information or produce documents or things 42

44.......... National Integrity Commissioner may retain documents and things.. 43

Subdivision B—Offence and related provisions                                               43

45.......... Failure to comply with National Integrity Commissioner’s request.. 43

46.......... Legal professional privilege—information........................................ 44

47.......... Legal professional privilege—documents or things.......................... 45

48.......... Offences relating to claims for legal professional privilege............... 46

49.......... Self-incrimination etc........................................................................ 47

50.......... Protection of person required to give information or produce documents or things 49

Division 3—Conducting hearings                                                                          51

Subdivision A—General provisions                                                                     51

51.......... National Integrity Commissioner may hold hearings........................ 51

52.......... National Integrity Commissioner may summon person.................... 52

53.......... National Integrity Commissioner may take evidence outside Australia 54

Subdivision B—Procedure at hearing                                                                 54

54.......... Who may be represented at a hearing................................................ 54

55.......... Who may be present at a hearing....................................................... 54

Subdivision C—Taking evidence at hearing                                                      56

56.......... Evidence on oath or by affirmation................................................... 56

57.......... Examination and cross-examination of witnesses............................. 56

58.......... Giving evidence in private................................................................. 57

59.......... Directions in relation to confidentiality.............................................. 58

Subdivision D—Prohibitions against disclosing information about a summons            60

60.......... Disclosure of summons may be prohibited....................................... 60

61.......... Offences of disclosure...................................................................... 62

Subdivision E—Offences in relation to hearings                                              64

62.......... Offences............................................................................................ 64

63.......... Contempt........................................................................................... 65

64.......... Legal professional privilege—answer to question............................. 66

65.......... Legal professional privilege—documents or things.......................... 67

66.......... Offences relating to claims for legal professional privilege............... 69

67.......... Self-incrimination etc........................................................................ 70

Subdivision F—Court orders for delivery of witness’s passport and witness’s arrest   72

68.......... National Integrity Commissioner may apply for order that witness deliver his or her passport                72

69.......... Court orders...................................................................................... 73

70.......... Applying for a warrant to arrest witness........................................... 75

71.......... Warrant for arrest.............................................................................. 76

72.......... Powers of Judge in relation to person arrested.................................. 77

Subdivision G—Miscellaneous                                                                              78

73.......... National Integrity Commissioner may retain documents or things.... 78

74.......... Person may apply for legal and financial assistance.......................... 79

75.......... Protection of National Integrity Commissioner etc............................ 80

76.......... Protection of witnesses etc................................................................ 80

Division 4—Search warrants                                                                                  82

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                                  82

77.......... Application to things under the control of a person........................... 82

Subdivision B—Applying for a search warrant                                                82

78.......... Authorised officer may apply for a search warrant........................... 82

Subdivision C—Issue of a search warrant                                                          84

79.......... When search warrants may be issued................................................ 84

80.......... Content of warrants........................................................................... 86

81.......... Application by telephone etc. and issue of warrant........................... 89

82.......... The things authorised by a search warrant in relation to premises..... 91

83.......... The things authorised by a search warrant in relation to a person..... 92

84.......... Restrictions on personal searches...................................................... 93

85.......... When warrant may be executed etc................................................... 93

Subdivision D—General provisions about executing a search warrant      94

86.......... Announcement before entry.............................................................. 94

87.......... Availability of assistance and use of force in executing a warrant..... 94

Subdivision E—Specific provisions about executing a warrant in relation to premises               95

88.......... Application........................................................................................ 95

89.......... Copy of warrant to be shown to occupier etc.................................... 95

90.......... Occupier entitled to watch search...................................................... 95

91.......... Specific powers available to person executing a warrant................... 96

92.......... Use of equipment to examine or process things................................ 96

93.......... Use of electronic equipment at premises without expert assistance... 98

94.......... Use of electronic equipment at premises with expert assistance........ 99

95.......... Person with knowledge of a computer or a computer system to assist access etc.    100

96.......... Accessing data held on other premises—notification to occupier of those premises                101

97.......... Compensation for damage to electronic equipment......................... 101

98.......... Copies of seized things to be provided............................................ 102

99.......... Receipts of things seized under warrant.......................................... 103

Subdivision F—Specific provisions about executing a warrant in relation to a person                103

100........ Copy of warrant to be shown to person.......................................... 103

101........ Conduct of an ordinary search or a frisk search.............................. 104

Subdivision G—Offences                                                                                      104

102........ Making false statements in warrants............................................... 104

103........ Offence for stating incorrect names in telephone warrants.............. 104

104........ Offence for unauthorised form of warrant...................................... 104

105........ Offence for executing etc. an unauthorised form of warrant........... 105

106........ Offence for giving unexecuted form of warrant.............................. 105

Subdivision H—Miscellaneous                                                                            105

107........ Other laws about search, arrest etc. not affected.............................. 105

108........ Law relating to legal professional privilege not affected.................. 106

Division 5—Powers of arrest                                                                                107

109........ Authorised officers may exercise powers of arrest......................... 107

Division 6—Authorised officers                                                                           108

110........ Appointment of authorised officers................................................. 108

111........ Identity cards................................................................................... 108

Part 7—Dealing with evidence and information obtained in investigation or public inquiry      110

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                         110

112........ Guide to this Part............................................................................ 110

Division 2—Dealing with evidence and information obtained in investigation or public inquiry             111

113........ Evidence of offence or liability to civil penalty................................ 111

114........ Evidence that could be used in confiscation proceedings................ 112

115........ Evidence of, or information suggesting, wrongful conviction......... 113

Part 8—Independent Parliamentary Advisor                                                   114

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                         114

116........ Guide to this Part............................................................................ 114

Division 2—Requests for advice                                                                          115

117........ Minister may request advice............................................................ 115

118........ Presiding officer or chair of committee may request advice............ 115

119........ Parliamentarian or former parliamentarian may request advice........ 115

120........ Independent Parliamentary Advisor to provide advice in writing.... 116

121........ Independent Parliamentary Advisor may request additional information  116

Division 3—Reporting                                                                                               117

122........ Annual report.................................................................................. 117

Division 4—Better practices guides and fact sheets                                  118

123........ Better practices guides and fact sheets............................................. 118

Part 9—Administrative provisions                                                                           119

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                         119

124........ Guide to this Part............................................................................ 119

Division 2—Appointment etc. of the integrity officers                            120

Subdivision A—National Integrity Commissioner                                         120

125........ Appointment of National Integrity Commissioner.......................... 120

126........ General terms and conditions of appointment................................. 120

127........ Restriction on outside employment................................................. 121

128........ Remuneration.................................................................................. 121

129........ Leave of absence............................................................................. 121

130........ Resignation..................................................................................... 121

131........ Termination of appointment............................................................ 122

132........ Acting appointments....................................................................... 122

133........ Disclosure of interests..................................................................... 123

Subdivision B—Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner                       123

134........ Appointment etc. of Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner..... 123

Subdivision C—Independent Parliamentary Advisor                                   124

135........ Appointment of Independent Parliamentary Advisor...................... 124

136........ General terms and conditions of appointment................................. 124

137........ Engaging in other paid employment................................................ 125

138........ Remuneration.................................................................................. 125

139........ Leave of absence............................................................................. 125

140........ Resignation..................................................................................... 125

141........ Termination of appointment............................................................ 126

142........ Acting appointments....................................................................... 126

143........ Disclosure of interests..................................................................... 127

Division 3—Appointment etc. of Assistant National Integrity Commissioners                 128

144........ Appointment of Assistant National Integrity Commissioners......... 128

145........ General terms and conditions of appointment................................. 128

146........ Engaging in other paid employment................................................ 128

147........ Remuneration.................................................................................. 129

148........ Leave of absence............................................................................. 129

149........ Resignation..................................................................................... 129

150........ Termination of employment............................................................ 130

151........ Acting appointments....................................................................... 130

152........ Disclosure of interests..................................................................... 131

Division 4—Staff, consultants and delegations                                            132

153........ Staff................................................................................................ 132

154........ Consultants..................................................................................... 132

155........ Delegation—National Integrity Commissioner............................... 133

Division 5—Public reporting                                                                                 134

156........ Annual report.................................................................................. 134

157........ Reports on investigations and public inquiries................................ 135

158........ Special reports................................................................................. 136

159........ Contents of annual or special report................................................ 137

Division 6—Confidentiality requirements                                                      139

160........ Confidentiality requirements for National Integrity Commission staff 139

161........ Exceptions to confidentiality requirements...................................... 139

162........ Disclosure by National Integrity Commissioner in public interest etc. 141

163........ Opportunity to be heard.................................................................. 142

164........ National Integrity Commission staff generally not compellable in court proceedings               143

Part 10—Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Integrity Commission              145

165........ Definitions...................................................................................... 145

166........ Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Integrity Commission 145

167........ Powers and proceedings of the committee...................................... 146

168........ Duties of the committee................................................................... 147

169........ Committee may approve or reject recommendation for appointment of National Integrity Commissioner               149

170........ Disclosure to committee by National Integrity Commissioner........ 150

171........ Disclosure to committee by Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner 151

172........ Disclosure to committee by Minister............................................... 153

173........ Ombudsman to brief committee about controlled operations........... 154

Part 11—Miscellaneous                                                                                                   155

174........ Offence of victimisation.................................................................. 155

175........ Legal and financial assistance in relation to applications for administrative review  155

176........ Immunity from civil proceedings.................................................... 156

177........ Immunities from certain State and Territory laws............................ 157

178........ Review of operation of Act............................................................. 157

179........ Schedule(s)..................................................................................... 158

180........ Regulations..................................................................................... 158

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                             160

Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006                                         160

Ombudsman Act 1976                                                                                              160

Privacy Act 1988                                                                                                      161

 



A Bill for an Act to establish the office of the National Integrity Commissioner, and for related purposes

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