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Law Enforcement Integrity Commissioner Bill 2006

Part 11 Attorney-General’s certificates about release of information

   

149   Attorney-General’s certificate in relation to particular information

             (1)  The Attorney-General may certify that disclosure of:

                     (a)  information about a matter specified in the certificate; or

                     (b)  the contents of a document specified in the certificate;

would be contrary to the public interest on one or more of the grounds set out in subsection (2).

             (2)  The grounds for making a certificate under subsection (1) are that the disclosure would:

                     (a)  prejudice the security, defence or international relations of the Commonwealth; or

                     (b)  involve the disclosure of:

                              (i)  communications between a Minister and a Minister of a State or Territory and would prejudice relations between the Commonwealth Government and the Government of a State or Territory; or

                             (ii)  deliberations or decisions of the Cabinet or of a Committee of the Cabinet; or

                            (iii)  deliberations or advice of the Executive Council; or

                     (c)  prejudice the conduct of an investigation of or inquiry into:

                              (i)  crime or criminal activity; or

                             (ii)  a contravention of a civil penalty provision;

                            that is currently being pursued; or

                     (d)  prejudice the fair trial of any person or the impartial adjudication of a matter; or

                     (e)  reveal, or enable a person to ascertain, the existence or identity of a confidential source of information in relation to the enforcement of:

                              (i)  the criminal law of the Commonwealth, a State or Territory or a foreign country; or

                             (ii)  a civil penalty provision; or

                      (f)  prejudice the effectiveness of the operational methods, or investigative practices or techniques, of agencies responsible for the enforcement of:

                              (i)  the criminal law of the Commonwealth, a State or Territory or a foreign country; or

                             (ii)  a civil penalty provision; or

                     (g)  prejudice the proper performance of the functions of the ACC; or

                     (h)  endanger a person’s life or physical safety.

             (3)  The certificate must specify the kind of disclosure that would be contrary to the public interest.

             (4)  Without limiting subsection (3), the kind of disclosure that may be specified in the certificate includes:

                     (a)  disclosure generally; or

                     (b)  disclosure to a specified person or group of persons; or

                     (c)  disclosure otherwise than to a specified person or group of persons.

             (5)  Without limiting subsection (1), a certificate under that subsection may provide that the disclosure of information about the existence or non-existence of:

                     (a)  information about a specified matter; or

                     (b)  a document or thing;

would be contrary to the public interest because it would:

                     (c)  prejudice the security, defence or international relations of the Commonwealth; or

                     (d)  prejudice the proper performance of the functions of the ACC.

150   Integrity Commissioner’s access to section 149 certified information

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  the head of a law enforcement agency would, but for this subsection, be required under section 20, 21, 32 or 46 to give the Integrity Commissioner information or a document; and

                     (b)  the information is, or the document contains, section 149 certified information;

the head of the agency must not give the Integrity Commissioner the information or document if doing so would contravene the certificate issued under section 149.

             (2)  If:

                     (a)  a person is requested under Division 1 of Part 9:

                              (i)  to give Integrity Commissioner information; or

                             (ii)  to produce a document to the Integrity Commissioner; and

                     (b)  the information is, or the document contains, section 149 certified information;

the person must not comply with the request if doing so would contravene the certificate issued under section 149.

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  a person is served with a summons to attend a hearing under Division 2 of Part 9; and

                     (b)  at the hearing the person is required to:

                              (i)  give information; or

                             (ii)  produce a document; and

                     (c)  the information is, or the document contains, section 149 certified information;

the person must not comply with the requirement if doing so would contravene the certificate issued under section 149.

151   Giving another agency section 149 certified information

                   If:

                     (a)  the head of a law enforcement agency (the first agency ) would, but for this subsection, be required under section 46 to give the head of another government agency (the second agency ) information or a document; and

                     (b)  the information is, or the document contains, section 149 certified information;

the head of the first agency must not give the information or document to the head of the second agency if doing so would contravene the certificate issued under section 149.

152   Integrity Commissioner giving section 149 certified information to agency head or special investigator

                   If:

                     (a)  either:

                              (i)  the Integrity Commissioner would, but for this section, be required or allowed under subsection 29(2) or section 44, 50 or 70 to give information or a document to the head of a government agency; or

                             (ii)  the Integrity Commissioner would, but for this section, be required under subsection 156(6) or (9) to give information or a document to a special investigator; and

                     (b)  the information is, or the document contains, section 149 certified information;

the Integrity Commissioner must not give the information or document to the head of the agency, or to the special investigator, if doing so would contravene the certificate issued under section 149.