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Foreign Bribery Bill passes Senate: co-operation between parties does happen.



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Minister for Justice and Customs

Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone

Senator for South Australia

 

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Thursday 13 May 1999

 

FOREIGN BRIBERY BILL PASSES SENATE - CO-OPERATION BETWEEN PARTIES DOES HAPPEN

 

Minister for Justice & Customs, Senato r Amanda Vanstone, today welcomed the passage of the Foreign Bribery Bill through the Senate.

 

The Bill, Criminal Code Amendment (Bribery of Foreign Public Officials) Bill 1999 , outlaws the bribery of foreign public officials.

 

“The Bill’s passage through the Senate is a major step forward in formalising Australia’s commitment to stamping out international corruption,” Senator Vanstone said.

 

“While the community hears a lot about the conflict between parties in Federal Parliament, the passage of this Bill represents the other side of the equation,” Senator Vanstone said.

 

“Important legislation, such as this Bill, has been passed through co-operative work between all parties, Labor, Independents and, particularly, the Australian Democrats.

 

“The Bill is part of a combined international effort to ensure that contracts are won and awarded fairly.

 

“Similar legislation has been, or is in the process of being introduced in over 30 countries, including the USA, Japan, Korea, Canada and most European countries. This joint approach was organised by the OECD, but non-OECD countries are also beginning to participate.”

 

“The decision to sign the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions late last year followed extensive consultation which was mainly conducted through the work of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties.”

 

The Bill will now go to the House of Representatives.

 

Media Contact: Kevin Donnellan 0419 400 078

 

 

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