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Finance and Administration Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Bill 2001
Schedule  2 Amendment of other Acts

   

Public Accounts and Audit Committee Act 1951

1  After section 4

Insert:

4A   Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences against this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

2  Section 15

Omit “, without reasonable excuse (proof whereof shall lie upon him),”.

3  At the end of section 15

Add:

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if the person proves that he or she has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears a legal burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2) (see section 13.4 of the Criminal Code ).

4  Section 16

Omit “knowingly”.

4A  Section 17

Omit “, without just cause (proof whereof shall lie upon him)”.

4B  At the end of section 17

Add:

             (2)  Paragraph (1)(a), (b) or (c) does not apply if the person proves that he or she has just cause for the refusal.

Note:          A defendant bears a legal burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2) (see section 13.4 of the Criminal Code ).

5  Section 18

Omit “wilfully”.

6  Subsection 19(2)

Omit “, inflict or procure”, substitute “or inflict”.

Public Works Committee Act 1969

7  After section 5

Insert:

5A   Application of the Criminal Code

                   Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code applies to all offences against this Act.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.

8  Section 28

Omit “, without reasonable excuse (proof whereof shall lie upon him)”.

9  At the end of section 28

Add:

             (2)  Paragraph (1)(a) or (b) does not apply if the person proves that he or she has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears a legal burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2) (see section 13.4 of the Criminal Code ).

10  Section 29

Omit “knowingly”.

11  Section 30

Omit “, without reasonable excuse (proof whereof shall lie upon him),”.

12  At the end of section 30

Add:

             (2)  Paragraph (1)(a), (b) or (c) does not apply if the person proves that he or she has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears a legal burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2) (see section 13.4 of the Criminal Code ).

13  Section 31

Omit “wilfully”.

14  Section 32

Omit “or procure” (wherever occurring).

 

 

[ Minister’s second reading speech made in—

House of Representatives on 4 April 2001

Senate on 21 August 2001 ]

 

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