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SENATOR HELEN COONAN Senator for New South Wales /£ H/t«C4 ΛΉ Bribery

NSW Senator Helen Coonan has been appointed chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties' inquiry into the international corporate bribery of public officials.

inquiry chairman named

The inquiry will examine, and seek public consultation on, the proposed OCED convention to prevent such bribery.

The inquiry centres on corporate bribery of public officials and if passed would make it illegal for an Australian- based company to bribe a public official anywhere in the world.

"It is evident that such bribery is quite widespread in certain areas and this inquiry is a very important one," Senator Coonan said.

"In keeping with this Government's approach to open and thorough examination and consultation in relation to the ratification of treaties, the inquiry will be holding public 1 hearings so the community can voice its opinion on the convention."

The hearings will be held in Canberra on March 30 and April 6, in Melbourne on April 16 and in Sydney on April 17.

A further roundtable public hearing will be held in Canberra at a date to be announced.

The inquiry aims to report to Parliament by the end of the Budget session.

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Contact: Peter Waterman (02) 6277 3218 0419 639 026