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Schedule 5—Royal Commissions

Schedule 5 Royal Commissions

   

Royal Commissions Act 1902

1  Subsection 1B(1) (paragraph (c) of the definition of reasonable excuse )

After “subsection 2(3A)”, insert “or (3C)”.

2  After subsection 2(3B)

Insert:

          (3C)  A member of a Commission may, by written notice served (as prescribed) on a person, require the person to give information, or a statement, in writing to a person by the time, and at the place or in the manner, specified in the notice.

3  Section 3 (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

3   Failure of witnesses to attend, produce documents or give information or statements

Failure to attend

4  Subsection 3(1) (penalty)

Omit “$1,000 or imprisonment for 6 months”, substitute “Imprisonment for 2 years”.

5  Subsection 3(1A)

Repeal the subsection.

6  Before subsection 3(2)

Insert:

Failure of witness to produce document or thing

7  Subsection 3(2) (penalty)

Omit “$1,000 or imprisonment for 6 months”, substitute “Imprisonment for 2 years”.

8  Subsection 3(2A)

Repeal the subsection.

9  Before subsection 3(4)

Insert:

Failure to produce document or thing as required by notice

10  Subsection 3(4) (penalty)

Omit “$1,000 or imprisonment for 6 months”, substitute “Imprisonment for 2 years”.

11  After subsection 3(6)

Insert:

Failure to give information or statement as required by notice

          (6A)  A person served with a notice under subsection 2(3C) must not refuse or fail to give information or a statement that the person was required to give in accordance with the notice.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 2 years.

          (6B)  Subsection (6A) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

          (6C)  It is a defence to a prosecution for an offence against subsection (6A) constituted by a refusal or failure to give information or a statement if the information or statement was not relevant to the matters into which the Commission was inquiring.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matters in subsections (6B) and (6C) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code ).

Matters into which Commission was inquiring

12  Subsection 6(1)

Omit “(1)”.

13  At the end of subsection 6(1)

Add:

Penalty: Imprisonment for 2 years.

14  Subsections 6(2) and (3)

Repeal the subsections.

15  Subsection 6AB(1) (penalty)

Omit “$1,000 or imprisonment for 6 months”, substitute “Imprisonment for 2 years”.

16  Subsection 6AB(2) (penalty)

Omit “$1,000 or imprisonment for 6 months”, substitute “Imprisonment for 2 years”.

17  Subsection 6AB(3)

Repeal the subsection.

18  Subsection 6A(1)

After “refuse or fail to produce a document or other thing”, insert “on the ground”.

19  After subsection 6A(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  It is not a reasonable excuse for the purposes of subsection 3(6B) for a natural person to refuse or fail to give information or a statement that the person is required to give under subsection 2(3C) on the ground that giving the information or statement might tend to:

                     (a)  incriminate the person; or

                     (b)  make the person liable to a penalty.

20  Subsection 6A(3)

After “(1)”, insert “, (1A)”.

21  Subsection 6A(3)

Omit “or the answer to a question,”, substitute “the answer to a question or the giving of information or a statement”.

22  Paragraph 6A(3)(a)

Omit “or answer”, substitute “, answer, information or statement”.

23  Subsection 6A(4)

After “(1)”, insert “, (1A)”.

24  Subsection 6A(4)

Omit “or the answer to a question,”, substitute “the answer to a question or the giving of information or a statement”.

25  Paragraph 6A(4)(a)

Omit “or answer”, substitute “, answer, information or statement”.

26  At the end of paragraph 6D(3)(b)

Add:

                            (iii)  given under a notice under subsection 2(3C); or

27  Subsection 6D(4)

Omit “$2,000”, substitute “20 penalty units”.

28  Paragraph 6DD(1)(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  a statement or disclosure made by the person:

                              (i)  in the course of giving evidence before a Commission; or

                             (ii)  in writing given in response to a notice under subsection 2(3C);

29  Subparagraphs 6F(1)(a)(ii) and (c)(ii)

Omit “under a notice under subsection 2(3A)”, substitute “or given under a notice under subsection 2(3A) or (3C)”.

30  After subsection 6H(1)

Insert:

          (1A)  A person must not, in response to a notice given to the person under subsection 2(3C) in connection with a Commission, intentionally give information or a statement that the person knows to be false or misleading with respect to any matter that is material to the inquiry being made by the Commission.

31  Subsection 6H(2)

Omit “An offence against subsection (1)”, substitute “A contravention of subsection (1) or (1A)”.

32  Subsection 6H(2)

Omit “$20,000”, substitute “200 penalty units”.

33  Subsections 6H(3) and (4)

Omit “subsection (1)”, substitute “subsection (2)”.

34  Subsection 6H(4)

Omit “$2,000”, substitute “20 penalty units”.

35  Paragraphs 6I(2)(a), (b) and (c)

After “thing”, insert “, or to give information or a statement,”.

36  Subsection 6J(1)

After “person as a witness,”, insert “or to any person given or to be given a notice under subsection 2(3C) with intent to affect the information or statement the person gives in response to the notice,”.

37  Subsection 6J(2)

After “thing”, insert “, or to give information or a statement,”.

38  Subsection 6K(2)

Omit “$10,000”, substitute “100 penalty units”.

39  Subsection 6K(4)

Omit “$2,000”, substitute “20 penalty units”.

40  Subsection 6L(2)

Omit “to produce a document or other thing pursuant to a notice under subsection 2(3A) from producing that document or thing”, substitute “by a notice under subsection 2(3A) or (3C) to produce a document or other thing, or to give information or a statement, from producing the document or thing, or giving the information or statement,”.

41  Paragraph 6M(c)

After “thing”, insert “, or given information or a statement,”.

42  Section 6M (penalty)

Omit “$1,000,”, substitute “10 penalty units”.

43  Paragraph 6N(1)(c)

After “thing”, insert “, or given information or a statement,”.

44  Subsection 6N(1) (penalty)

Omit “$1,000,”, substitute “10 penalty units”.

45  Subsection 6O(1) (penalty)

Omit “Two hundred dollars,”, substitute “2 penalty units”.

46  At the end of subsection 9(3)

Add:

                    ; (l)  the Secretary of the Attorney-General’s Department.

47  Application of amendments

(1)       The amendments of the Royal Commissions Act 1902 made by this Schedule apply in relation to Royal Commissions that are established after the commencement of the amendments.

(2)       However, the amendment of subsection 9(3) of the Royal Commissions Act 1902 made by this Schedule applies in relation to Royal Commission records of Royal Commissions established before, on or after the commencement of the amendment.

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