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Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Repeal) Act 1986

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Act No. 92 of 1986 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Act No. 49 of 2001
An Act to repeal the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry Act 1986, and for related purposes.
Administered by: Prime Minister and Cabinet
Start Date 19 Jul 2001
End Date 20 Oct 2016
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Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Repeal) Act 1986

Act No. 92 of 1986

This compilation was prepared on 19 July 2001
taking into account amendments up to Act No. 49 of 2001

The text of any of those amendments not in force
on that date is appended in the Notes section

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting,
Attorney‑General’s Department, Canberra

  

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title [see Note 1]........................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement [see Note 1].............................................................. 1

3............ Repeal................................................................................................. 1

4............ Interpretation....................................................................................... 1

4A......... Application of the Criminal Code....................................................... 1

5............ Protection of persons.......................................................................... 2

6............ Custody of documents........................................................................ 2

7............ Disclosure........................................................................................... 3

8............ Legal and financial assistance.............................................................. 4

9............ Act to bind Crown.............................................................................. 4

10.......... Appropriation...................................................................................... 4

Notes                                                                                                           5

 


An Act to repeal the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry Act 1986, and for related purposes

1  Short title [see Note 1]

                   This Act may be cited as the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Repeal) Act 1986.

2  Commencement [see Note 1]

                   This Act shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.

3  Repeal

                   The Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry Act 1986 is repealed.

4  Interpretation

             (1)  In this Act:

commencement means the commencement of this Act.

Presiding Officers means the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

repealed Act means the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry Act 1986.

             (2)  Commission has the same meaning in this Act as in the repealed Act.

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.

5  Protection of persons

                   The protection given by section 21 of the repealed Act to any person in respect of anything done before the commencement continues after the commencement by force of this section.

6  Custody of documents

             (1)  Subject to this section, at the commencement, the Presiding Officers jointly have the exclusive right to possession of any document that was in the possession of the Commission immediately before the commencement.

             (2)  The Presiding Officers shall take such measures as they consider necessary to prevent persons from obtaining access to a document referred to in subsection (1), and may, for this purpose, commit such a document to the custody of a person designated by them.

             (3)  Notwithstanding any other law, during the period of 30 years after the commencement:

                     (a)  no person other than a Presiding Officer is entitled to access to a class A document;

                     (b)  a Presiding Officer shall not be required to produce such a document to any person or to answer questions concerning such a document;

                     (c)  a person having custody of such a document under subsection (2) shall not be required by any person other than a Presiding Officer to produce such a document to any person or to answer questions concerning such a document; and

                     (d)  a person who was a member of the Commission or of the staff of the Commission or was counsel assisting the Commission shall not be required by any person to answer questions concerning such a document.

             (4)  Notwithstanding any other law, a person is not entitled to have access to, or to make use of:

                     (a)  a class A document after the end of the period of 30 years after the commencement; or

                     (b)  a class B document at any time;

except in accordance with the written authority of the Presiding Officers.

             (5)  An agency within the meaning of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 is exempt from the operation of that Act in relation to a document created for the purposes of the Commission.

             (6)  In this section:

class A document means a document referred to in subsection (1) that contains material relating to the conduct of the Honourable Lionel Keith Murphy.

class B document means a document referred to in subsection (1) that contains material relating to:

                     (a)  the meaning of section 72 of the Constitution; or

                     (b)  any other matter;

but does not include a class A document.

person includes a court or tribunal, or an authority (including a House of the Parliament or a committee of either or both of the Houses of Parliament) having power to require the production of documents or the answering of questions.

7  Disclosure

             (1)  A person who is, or has at any time been, a member of the Commission, a member of the staff of the Commission or counsel assisting the Commission shall not, directly or indirectly, disclose to any other person or make use of any document or information to which the first‑mentioned person has had access by reason of being or having been such a member or counsel.

Penalty:  $5,000 or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

             (2)  Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to:

                     (a)  the performance of any act otherwise authorised by this Act; or

                     (b)  anything done in accordance with an authority given under subsection 6(4).

8  Legal and financial assistance

                   The Commonwealth shall provide assistance in accordance with an authorisation made by the Attorney‑General under section 22 of the repealed Act.

9  Act to bind Crown

                   This Act binds the Crown in right of the Commonwealth or of a State or Territory, but does not render the Crown liable to prosecution for an offence.

10  Appropriation

                   The remuneration and allowances of persons who were members of the Commission, and any other expenses occasioned by the operation of the repealed Act, shall be paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, which is appropriated accordingly.


Notes to the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Repeal) Act 1986

Note 1

The Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Repeal) Act 1986 as shown in this compilation comprises Act No. 92, 1986 amended as indicated in the Tables below.

For all relevant information pertaining to application, saving or transitional provisions see Table A.

Table of Acts

Act

Number
and year

Date
of Assent

Date of commencement

Application, saving or transitional provisions

Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry (Repeal) Act 1986

92, 1986

25 Sept 1986

25 Sept 1986

 

Prime Minister and Cabinet Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Act 2001

49, 2001

21 June 2001

19 July 2001

S. 4


Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted      am. = amended      rep. = repealed      rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

S. 4A....................................

ad. No. 49, 2001

 

 


Table A

Application, saving or transitional provisions

Prime Minister and Cabinet Legislation Amendment (Application of Criminal Code) Act 2001 (No. 49, 2001)

4  Application of amendments

             (1)  Each amendment made by this Act applies to acts and omissions that take place after the amendment commences.

             (2)  For the purposes of this section, if an act or omission is alleged to have taken place between 2 dates, one before and one on or after the day on which a particular amendment commences, the act or omission is alleged to have taken place before the amendment commences.