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National Integrity Commission Bill 2013

2013

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

National Integrity Commission Bill 2013

 

No.      , 2013

 

(Senator Milne)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to establish the National Integrity Commission, 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 ............................................................... 8

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                                                                                                 32

Subdivision A—Reporting during investigation                                               32

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

Subdivision B—Reporting at the end of investigation                                     32

33.......... Report on investigation..................................................................... 32

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

35.......... Advising person who referred corruption issue of outcome of the investigation      34

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

Part 5—Public inquiries into corruption issues                                                  38

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           38

37.......... Guide to this Part.............................................................................. 38

Division 2—Conducting a public inquiry                                                          39

38.......... National Integrity Commissioner may conduct public inquiry.......... 39

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

Division 3—Reporting                                                                                                 40

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

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

Part 6—National Integrity Commissioner’s powers in conducting investigations and public inquiries                                                                                                                                       42

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           42

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

Division 2—Requiring people to give information or produce documents or things      43

Subdivision A—Requests by National Integrity Commissioner                    43

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

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

Subdivision B—Offence and related provisions                                               44

45.......... Failure to comply with National Integrity Commissioner’s request.. 44

46.......... Legal professional privilege—information........................................ 45

47.......... Legal professional privilege—documents or things.......................... 46

48.......... Offences relating to claims for legal professional privilege............... 47

49.......... Self-incrimination etc........................................................................ 48

50.......... Protection of person required to give information or produce documents or things 51

Division 3—Conducting hearings                                                                          52

Subdivision A—General provisions                                                                     52

51.......... National Integrity Commissioner may hold hearings........................ 52

52.......... National Integrity Commissioner may summon person.................... 53

53.......... National Integrity Commissioner may take evidence outside Australia 55

Subdivision B—Procedure at hearing                                                                 55

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

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

Subdivision C—Taking evidence at hearing                                                      57

56.......... Evidence on oath or by affirmation................................................... 57

57.......... Examination and cross-examination of witnesses............................. 58

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

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

Subdivision D—Prohibitions against disclosing information about a summons            61

60.......... Disclosure of summons may be prohibited....................................... 61

61.......... Offences of disclosure...................................................................... 63

Subdivision E—Offences in relation to hearings                                              66

62.......... Offences............................................................................................ 66

63.......... Contempt........................................................................................... 67

64.......... Legal professional privilege—answer to question............................. 68

65.......... Legal professional privilege—documents or things.......................... 69

66.......... Offences relating to claims for legal professional privilege............... 70

67.......... Self-incrimination etc........................................................................ 72

Subdivision F—Court orders for delivery of witness’s passport and witness’s arrest   74

68.......... National Integrity Commissioner may apply for order that witness deliver his or her passport                74

69.......... Court orders...................................................................................... 75

70.......... Applying for a warrant to arrest witness........................................... 77

71.......... Warrant for arrest.............................................................................. 78

72.......... Powers of Judge in relation to person arrested.................................. 79

Subdivision G—Miscellaneous                                                                              80

73.......... National Integrity Commissioner may retain documents or things.... 80

74.......... Person may apply for legal and financial assistance.......................... 81

75.......... Protection of National Integrity Commissioner etc............................ 82

76.......... Protection of witnesses etc................................................................ 82

Division 4—Search warrants                                                                                  84

Subdivision A—Preliminary                                                                                  84

77.......... Application to things under the control of a person........................... 84

Subdivision B—Applying for a search warrant                                                84

78.......... Authorised officer may apply for a search warrant........................... 84

Subdivision C—Issue of a search warrant                                                          86

79.......... When search warrants may be issued................................................ 86

80.......... Content of warrants........................................................................... 89

81.......... Application by telephone etc. and issue of warrant........................... 91

82.......... The things authorised by a search warrant in relation to premises..... 93

83.......... The things authorised by a search warrant in relation to a person..... 95

84.......... Restrictions on personal searches...................................................... 96

85.......... When warrant may be executed etc................................................... 96

Subdivision D—General provisions about executing a search warrant      96

86.......... Announcement before entry.............................................................. 96

87.......... Availability of assistance and use of force in executing a warrant..... 97

Subdivision E—Specific provisions about executing a warrant in relation to premises               97

88.......... Application........................................................................................ 97

89.......... Copy of warrant to be shown to occupier etc.................................... 98

90.......... Occupier entitled to watch search...................................................... 98

91.......... Specific powers available to person executing a warrant................... 98

92.......... Use of equipment to examine or process things................................ 99

93.......... Use of electronic equipment at premises without expert assistance. 101

94.......... Use of electronic equipment at premises with expert assistance...... 102

95.......... Person with knowledge of a computer or a computer system to assist access etc.    103

96.......... Accessing data held on other premises—notification to occupier of those premises                104

97.......... Compensation for damage to electronic equipment......................... 105

98.......... Copies of seized things to be provided............................................ 106

99.......... Receipts of things seized under warrant.......................................... 106

Subdivision F—Specific provisions about executing a warrant in relation to a person                107

100........ Copy of warrant to be shown to person.......................................... 107

101........ Conduct of an ordinary search or a frisk search.............................. 107

Subdivision G—Offences                                                                                      107

102........ Making false statements in warrants............................................... 107

103........ Offence for stating incorrect names in telephone warrants.............. 107

104........ Offence for unauthorised form of warrant...................................... 108

105........ Offence for executing etc. an unauthorised form of warrant........... 108

106........ Offence for giving unexecuted form of warrant.............................. 108

Subdivision H—Miscellaneous                                                                            109

107........ Other laws about search, arrest etc. not affected.............................. 109

108........ Law relating to legal professional privilege not affected.................. 109

Division 5—Powers of arrest                                                                                110

109........ Authorised officers may exercise powers of arrest......................... 110

Division 6—Authorised officers                                                                           111

110........ Appointment of authorised officers................................................. 111

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

Part 7—Dealing with evidence and information obtained in investigation or public inquiry      113

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                         113

112........ Guide to this Part............................................................................ 113

Division 2—Dealing with evidence and information obtained in investigation or public inquiry             114

113........ Evidence of offence or liability to civil penalty................................ 114

114........ Evidence that could be used in confiscation proceedings................ 115

115........ Evidence of, or information suggesting, wrongful conviction......... 116

Part 8—Independent Parliamentary Advisor                                                   118

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                         118

116........ Guide to this Part............................................................................ 118

Division 2—Requests for advice                                                                          119

117........ Minister may request advice............................................................ 119

118........ Presiding officer or chair of committee may request advice............ 119

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

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

121........ Independent Parliamentary Advisor may request additional information  120

Division 3—Reporting                                                                                               121

122........ Annual report.................................................................................. 121

Division 4—Better practices guides and fact sheets                                  122

123........ Better practices guides and fact sheets............................................. 122

Part 9—Administrative provisions                                                                           123

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                         123

124........ Guide to this Part............................................................................ 123

Division 2—Appointment etc. of the integrity officers                            124

Subdivision A—National Integrity Commissioner                                         124

125........ Appointment of National Integrity Commissioner.......................... 124

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

127........ Restriction on outside employment................................................. 125

128........ Remuneration.................................................................................. 125

129........ Leave of absence............................................................................. 125

130........ Resignation..................................................................................... 126

131........ Termination of appointment............................................................ 126

132........ Acting appointments....................................................................... 126

133........ Disclosure of interests..................................................................... 127

Subdivision B—Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner                       128

134........ Appointment etc. of Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner..... 128

Subdivision C—Independent Parliamentary Advisor                                   128

135........ Appointment of Independent Parliamentary Advisor...................... 128

136........ General terms and conditions of appointment................................. 129

137........ Engaging in other paid employment................................................ 129

138........ Remuneration.................................................................................. 129

139........ Leave of absence............................................................................. 129

140........ Resignation..................................................................................... 130

141........ Termination of appointment............................................................ 130

142........ Acting appointments....................................................................... 131

143........ Disclosure of interests..................................................................... 132

Division 3—Appointment etc. of Assistant National Integrity Commissioners                 133

144........ Appointment of Assistant National Integrity Commissioners......... 133

145........ General terms and conditions of appointment................................. 133

146........ Engaging in other paid employment................................................ 133

147........ Remuneration.................................................................................. 134

148........ Leave of absence............................................................................. 134

149........ Resignation..................................................................................... 134

150........ Termination of employment............................................................ 135

151........ Acting appointments....................................................................... 136

152........ Disclosure of interests..................................................................... 136

Division 4—Staff, consultants and delegations                                            137

153........ Staff................................................................................................ 137

154........ Consultants..................................................................................... 137

155........ Delegation—National Integrity Commissioner............................... 138

Division 5—Public reporting                                                                                 139

156........ Annual report.................................................................................. 139

157........ Reports on investigations and public inquiries................................ 140

158........ Special reports................................................................................. 141

159........ Contents of annual or special report................................................ 143

Division 6—Confidentiality requirements                                                      144

160........ Confidentiality requirements for National Integrity Commission staff 144

161........ Exceptions to confidentiality requirements...................................... 144

162........ Disclosure by National Integrity Commissioner in public interest etc. 146

163........ Opportunity to be heard.................................................................. 147

164........ National Integrity Commission staff generally not compellable in court proceedings               148

Part 10—Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Integrity Commission              150

165........ Definitions...................................................................................... 150

166........ Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Integrity Commission 150

167........ Powers and proceedings of the committee...................................... 152

168........ Duties of the committee................................................................... 152

169........ Committee may approve or reject recommendation for appointment of National Integrity Commissioner               154

170........ Disclosure to committee by National Integrity Commissioner........ 155

171........ Disclosure to committee by Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner 157

172........ Disclosure to committee by Minister............................................... 158

173........ Ombudsman to brief committee about controlled operations........... 159

Part 11—Miscellaneous                                                                                                   160

174........ Offence of victimisation.................................................................. 160

175........ Legal and financial assistance in relation to applications for administrative review  160

176........ Immunity from civil proceedings.................................................... 161

177........ Immunities from certain State and Territory laws............................ 162

178........ Review of operation of Act............................................................. 162

179........ Schedule(s)..................................................................................... 163

180........ Regulations..................................................................................... 164

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                             165

Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Act 2006                                         165

Ombudsman Act 1976                                                                                              165

Privacy Act 1988                                                                                                      166

Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013                                                                     167

 



 

A Bill for an Act to establish the National Integrity Commission, and for related purposes

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