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Thursday, 30 May 1996
Page: 1405

Senator SPINDLER(11.27 a.m.) —I move:

12   Schedule 1, item 2, page 15 (after line 10), after section 15T, insert:

15TA Evidentiary Certificates

(1)   In a prosecution for an offence against section 233B of the Customs Act 1901 or an associated offence, a document purporting to be a certificate authorising a controlled operation, issued under section 15M, is to be received in evidence and is prima facie evidence of the facts stated in the document.

(2)   A document certified in writing by the Commissioner or the Chairperson of the National Crime Authority, as the case may be, to be a true copy of a certificate referred to in subsection (1) shall be received in evidence in a prosecution referred to in subsection (1) as if it were the original warrant.

This amendment requires that evidentiary certificates—that means those certificates authorising a controlled operation—issued under section 15M must be tabled in court. This is one of the accountability mechanisms that the Australian Democrats believe are desirable in this bill. I commend the amendment to the Senate.