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Royal Commissions Amendment (Private Sessions) Bill 2019

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2019

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

Royal Commissions Amendment (Private Sessions) Bill 2019

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, item 5, page 4 (lines 6 to 11), to be opposed .

[who may hold private sessions]

(2)     Schedule 1, items 7 to 13, page 4 (line 18) to page 6 (line 10), omit the items, substitute:

7  Section 6OB

Repeal the section, substitute:

6OB   Power to hold private sessions

Who may hold a private session

             (1)  If a Royal Commission is constituted by 2 or more members, the following members may hold a private session for the Commission to obtain information in relation to matters into which the Commission is inquiring:

                     (a)  the Chair of the Commission;

                     (b)  a member who is authorised in writing by the Chair of the Commission.

             (2)  If a Royal Commission is constituted by a sole Commissioner, the sole Commissioner may hold a private session for the Commission to obtain information in relation to matters into which the Commission is inquiring.

Number of members who may hold a private session

             (3)  A private session held under subsection (1) may be held only by one or 2 members.

Conduct of a private session

             (4)  If a private session is held for a Royal Commission under subsection (1), any member of the Commission holding the private session may (subject to the Letters Patent establishing the Commission and Division 3) determine any matters relating to the conduct of the private session, having regard to any directions given by the Chair of the Commission.

             (5)  If a private session is held for a Royal Commission under subsection (2), the sole Commissioner holding the private session may (subject to the Letters Patent establishing the Commission and Division 3) determine any matters relating to the conduct of the private session.

[who may hold private sessions]

(3)     Schedule 1, item 16, page 6 (line 24), omit “person”, substitute “member”.

[who may hold private sessions]

(4)     Schedule 1, item 16, page 7 (line 1), omit “person”, substitute “member”.

[who may hold private sessions]

(5)     Schedule 1, item 21, page 7 (lines 16 to 18), omit the item, substitute:

21  Paragraph 6OC(6)(a)

Omit “of the Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission”.

[who may hold private sessions]

(6)     Schedule 1, items 24 and 25, page 7 (line 29) to page 8 (line 7), to be opposed .

[who may hold private sessions]

(7)     Schedule 1, item 27, page 8 (lines 11 to 13), omit the item, substitute:

27  Section 6OG

Omit “of the Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission”.

[who may hold private sessions]

(8)     Schedule 1, item 42, page 12 (line 2), omit “6OF,”.

[who may hold private sessions]