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Schedule 7—Amendment of the War Crimes Act 1945

Schedule 7 Amendment of the War Crimes Act 1945


War Crimes Act 1945

1  Section 21

Repeal the section, substitute:

21   Reporting

             (1)  If either or both of the following is started or carried on at any time during a financial year:

                     (a)  an investigation of a suspected offence against this Act;

                     (b)  a proceeding for an alleged offence against this Act;

the Attorney-General must, as soon as practicable after the end of the financial year, cause a report about the operation of this Act during the year to be prepared.

             (2)  The report must include the following information:

                     (a)  the number of suspected offences against this Act under investigation during the year;

                     (b)  the number of proceedings for alleged offences against this Act started or carried on during the year;

                     (c)  the resources available during the year for the purposes of investigating such suspected offences and carrying on such proceedings;

                     (d)  the anticipated timetable for finalising:

                              (i)  investigations of such suspected offences; and

                             (ii)  such proceedings.

             (3)  The Attorney-General must cause a copy of the report to be laid before each House of the Parliament within 15 sittings days of that House after the report is prepared.

2  Application of amendments

Section 21 of the War Crimes Act 1945 , as substituted by this Schedule, applies in relation to the financial year starting on 1 July 2016 and each later financial year.