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Public Accounts Committee Act 1951

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Act No. 60 of 1951 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Act No. 168 of 1994
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Start Date 16 Dec 1994
End Date 29 Aug 1995

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951
- Reprinted as at 5 January 1995 (HISTACT CHAP 1831 #DATE 05:01:1995)

*1* The Public Accounts Committee Act 1951 as shown in this reprint comprises Act No. 60, 1951 amended as indicated in the Tables below.
The Public Accounts Committee Act 1951 was modified by the A.C.T. Self-Government (Consequential Provisions) Regulations as amended. (See Note 3)
Table of Acts
Act Date Date of Application
Number and of assent commencement saving or
year transitional
provisions
Public Accounts Committee Act 1951
60, 1951 11 Dec 1951 11 Dec 1951
Public Accounts Committee Act 1965
79, 1965 25 Nov 1965 1 July 1965 -
Statute Law Revision (Decimal Currency) Act 1966
93, 1966 29 Oct 1966 1 Dec 1966 -
Statute Law Revision Act 1973
216, 1973 19 Dec 1973 31 Dec 1973 Ss. 9 (1)
and 10
Public Accounts Committee Amendment Act 1976
70, 1976 9 June 1976 9 June 1976 -
Administrative Changes (Consequential Provisions) Act 1978
36, 1978 12 June 1978 12 June 1978 S. 8
Public Accounts Committee Amendment Act 1979
187, 1979 4 Dec 1979 4 Dec 1979 -
Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act (No. 2) 1982
80, 1982 22 Sept 1982 Part LX (ss. 229, 230):
4 Dec 1979 (a) -
Public Accounts Committee Amendment Act 1983
111, 1983 8 Dec 1983 8 Dec 1983 -
Director of Public Prosecutions (Consequential Amendments) Act
1983
114, 1983 14 Dec 1983 Part XI (ss. 23, 24): 5 Mar 1984
(see Gazette 1984, No. S55) (b)
-
Territories Law Reform Act 1992
104, 1992 30 June 1992 S. 24: 1 July 1992 (c)
-
Qantas Sale Act 1992
196, 1992 21 Dec 1992 Schedule (Part 1): 10 Mar 1993
(see Gazette 1993, No. GN17) (d)
Schedule (Part 5): (see Note 2)
S. 2 (6) (am. by
60, 1993, s. 4
and 168, 1994,
s. 3)
as amended by
Qantas Sale Amendment Act 1993
60, 1993 3 Nov 1993 10 Mar 1993 -
Qantas Sale Amendment Act 1994
168, 1994 16 Dec 1994 S. 3 (item 17): -
Royal Assent (e)
(a) The Public Accounts Committee Act 1951 was amended by Part LX (sections 229 and 230) only of the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act (No. 2) 1982, subsection 2 (13) of which provides as follows:
"(13) Part LX shall be deemed to have come into operation on 4 December 1979."
(b) The Public Accounts Committee Act 1951 was amended by Part XI (sections 23 and 24) only of the Director of Public Prosecutions (Consequential Amendments) Act 1983, subsection 2 (1) of which provides as follows:
"(1) Subject to this section, this Act shall come into operation, or shall be deemed to have come into operation, as the case requires, on the day on which the Director of Public Prosecutions Act 1983 comes into operation."
(c) The Public Accounts Committee Act 1951 was amended by section 24 only of the Territories Law Reform Act 1992, subsection 2 (3) of which provides as follows:
"(3) The remaining provisions of this Act commence on 1 July 1992."
(d) The Public Accounts Committee Act 1951 was amended by the Schedule (Part 1) of the Qantas Sale Act 1992, paragragh 2 (3) (a) of which provides as follows:
"(3) A Proclamation may fix a day that is earlier than the day on which the Proclamation is published in the Gazette but only if:
(a) in the case of sections 30, 31, 35, 37, 39, 43 and 50 and Parts 1 and 2 of the Schedule - the day is not earlier than the substantial minority sale day; and".
(e) The Qantas Sale Act 1992 was amended by section 3 (item 17) only of the Qantas Sale Amendment Act 1994, subsection 2 (1) of which provides as follows:
"(1) Subject to this section, this Act commences on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent."
Table of Amendments
ad=added or inserted am=amended rep=repealed rs=repealed and substituted
Provision affected How affected
S. 3 rep. No. 216, 1973
S. 5 am. No. 216, 1973; No. 70, 1976;
No. 111, 1983
S. 6 am. No. 216, 1973
S. 6A ad. No. 187, 1979
S. 7 am. No. 187, 1979; No. 111, 1983
S. 8 am. No. 70, 1976; No. 187, 1979;
Nos. 104 and 196, 1992
S. 9 am. No. 70, 1976; No. 187, 1979;
No. 80, 1982
Ss. 10, 11 am. No. 70, 1976
Ss. 13-16 am. No. 70, 1976
S. 21 am. No. 93, 1966; No. 70, 1976;
No. 114, 1983
S. 23 am. No. 79, 1965; No. 93, 1966;
No. 70, 1976; No. 36, 1978

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - TABLE OF PROVISIONS

TABLE

TABLE OF PROVISIONS
Section
1. Short title
2. Commencement
4. Interpretation
5. Joint Committee of Public Accounts
6. Chairman and Vice-Chairman
6A. Meetings of Committee
7. Quorum and voting
8. Duties of the Committee
9. Sectional Committees
10. Power to take evidence
11. Sittings to be public except in certain cases
12. Continuance of evidence
13. Power to summon witnesses
14. Warrant in case of disobedience of summons
15. Witness to obey summons
16. Preventing witnesses from giving evidence
17. Witnesses not to refuse to be sworn etc.
18. False evidence
19. Privileges and protection of witnesses
20. Witnesses'expenses
21. Offences
22. Allowances
23. Limitation of annual expenditure
24. Regulations
THE SCHEDULE
FORMS

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - LONG TITLE

SECT

An Act to provide for a Joint Parliamentary Committee
of Public Accounts

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 1
Short title

SECT

1. This Act may be cited as the Public Accounts Committee Act 1951.*1* SEE NOTES TO FIRST ARTICLE OF THIS CHAPTER .

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 2
Commencement

SECT

2. This Act shall come into operation on the day on which it receives the Royal Assent.*1* SEE NOTES TO FIRST ARTICLE OF THIS CHAPTER .

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 4
Interpretation

SECT

4. In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears:
"member" means a member of the Committee;
"the Chairman" means the Chairman of the Committee;
"the Committee" means the Joint Committee of Public Accounts for the time being constituted under this Act;
"the Vice-Chairman" means the Vice-Chairman of the Committee.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 5
Joint Committee of Public Accounts

SECT

5. (1) As soon as practicable after the commencement of the first session of each Parliament, a joint committee of 15 members of the Parliament (to be known as the Joint Committee of Public Accounts) shall be appointed according to the practice of the Parliament with reference to the appointment of members to serve on joint select committees of both Houses of the Parliament.

(2) Five members of the Committee shall be members of, and shall be appointed by, the Senate, and 10 members of the Committee shall be members of, and shall be appointed by, the House of Representatives.

(3) Each member shall hold office during the pleasure of the House by which he was appointed.

(4) Either House of the Parliament may appoint one of its members to fill a vacancy amongst the members of the Committee appointed by that House.

(5) Each member shall cease to hold office when the House of Representatives expires by effluxion of time or is dissolved.

(6) At any time at which:
(a) there is constituted a Standing Committee of the House of Representatives known as the Expenditure Committee; and
(b) the Chairman of that Committee is not a member of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts by virtue of an appointment under subsection (2);
that Chairman shall, by virtue of his office as Chairman of the Expenditure Committee, be a member of the Joint Committee of Public Accounts in addition to the members referred to in subsection (1), but is not eligible to be elected as Chairman of the last-mentioned Committee.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 6
Chairman and Vice-Chairman

SECT

6. (1) There shall be a Chairman and a Vice-Chairman of the Committee, who shall be elected by the members from time to time and shall hold office as Chairman and Vice-Chairman during the pleasure of the Committee.

(2) The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Committee at which he is present.

(2A) In the event of the absence of the Chairman from a meeting of the Committee, the Vice-Chairman shall, if he is present at that meeting, preside at that meeting.

(3) In the event of the absence of both the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman from a meeting of the Committee, the members present may appoint one of their number to preside at the meeting, and the member so presiding shall, in relation to the meeting, have all the powers and functions of the Chairman.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 6A
Meetings of Committee

SECT

6A. (1) The Committee may meet at such times and at such places within Australia as the Committee, by resolution, determines or, subject to any resolution of the Committee, as the Chairman determines, but shall not meet at any place outside Australia.

(2) At any time when the Chairman is absent from Australia or is, for any reason, unable to perform the duties of his office or there is a vacancy in the office of Chairman, the Vice-Chairman may exercise the powers of the Chairman under subsection (1).

(3) The Committee may meet and transact business notwithstanding any prorogation of the Parliament.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 7
Quorum and voting

SECT

7. (1) At a meeting of the Committee 6 members constitute a quorum.

(2) All questions to be decided by the Committee shall be decided by a majority of the votes of the members present.

(3) The Chairman or other member presiding shall have a deliberative vote and, in the event of an equality of votes, shall also have a casting vote.

(4) Where the members present do not vote unanimously, the manner in which each member votes shall, if a member so requires, be recorded in the minutes and in the Committee's report.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 8
Duties of the Committee

SECT

8.*2*and*3* (1) Subject to subsection (2), the duties of the Committee are:
(a) to examine the accounts of the receipts and expenditure of the Commonwealth including the financial statements transmitted to the Auditor-General under subsection (4) of section 50 of the Audit Act 1901;
(aa) to examine the financial affairs of authorities of the Commonwealth to which this Act applies and of inter-governmental bodies to which this Act applies;
(ab) to examine all reports of the Auditor-General (including reports of the results of efficiency audits) copies of which have been laid before the Houses of the Parliament;
(b) to report to both Houses of the Parliament, with such comment as it thinks fit, any items or matters in those accounts, statements and reports, or any circumstances connected with them, to which the Committee is of the opinion that the attention of the Parliament should be directed;
(c) to report to both Houses of the Parliament any alteration which the Committee thinks desirable in the form of the public accounts or in the method of keeping them, or in the mode of receipt, control, issue or payment of public moneys; and
(d) to inquire into any question in connexion with the public accounts which is referred to it by either House of the Parliament, and to report to that House upon that question;
and include such other duties as are assigned to the Committee by Joint Standing Orders approved by both Houses of the Parliament.

(2) The duties of the Committee do not extend to:
(a) an examination of the financial affairs of the Northern Territory or of the Administration of an External Territory (including the financial affairs of the Administration of an External Territory contained in any of the accounts and financial statements referred to in paragraph (a) of subsection (1)); or
(b) an examination of a report of the Auditor-General that relates to, or in so far as it relates to:
(i) the financial affairs of the Northern Territory or of the
Administration of an External Territory (including the financial affairs of the Administration of an External Territory contained in any of the accounts and financial statements referred to in paragraph (a) of subsection (1)); or
(ii) the results of an efficiency audit of operations of the
Administration of an External Territory.

(2A) For the purposes of subsection (2), an External Territory does not include the Territory of Christmas Island or the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

(3) For the purpose of this section, an authority of the Commonwealth to which this Act applies is:
(a) a body corporate or an unincorporated body established for a public purpose by, or in accordance with the provisions of, an enactment, not being an inter-governmental body;
(b) a body established by the Governor-General or by a Minister otherwise than in accordance with an enactment; or
(c) an incorporated company over which the Commonwealth is in a position to exercise control other than:
(i) Qantas Airways Limited; or
(ii) a company that is a subsidiary of Qantas Airways Limited.

(4) Where the parties to an agreement relating to the establishment of an inter-governmental body consent to the examination, by the Committee, of the financial affairs of that body, the Minister shall notify the fact that they have so consented in the Gazette and the body shall thereupon become an inter-governmental body to which this Act applies.

(5) Where a party to an agreement relating to the establishment of an inter-governmental body (being an inter-governmental body which, by virtue of subsection (4), is an inter-governmental body to which this Act applies) withdraws its consent to the examination, by the Committee, of the financial affairs of that body, the Minister shall notify the fact that that party has withdrawn its consent in the Gazette and the body shall thereupon cease to be an inter-governmental body to which this Act applies.

(5A) For the purposes of this Act, the question whether a body corporate is a subsidiary of another body corporate is to be determined in the same manner as that question is determined under the Corporations Law.

(6) In this section, unless the contrary intention appears:
"enactment" means:
(a) an Act;
(b) an Ordinance of the Australian Capital Territory; or
(c) an instrument (including rules, regulations or by-laws) made under an Act or under such an Ordinance;
"inter-governmental body" means a body corporate or an unincorporated body established by, or in accordance with the provisions of, an agreement between the Commonwealth and a State or States or between the Commonwealth and the government of another country or the governments of other countries;
"State" includes the Northern Territory. *2* Section 8 is amended by the Schedule (Part 5) of the Qantas Sale Act 1992. The provisions of the Schedule applicable to section 8 provide as follows:
PART 5 - AMENDMENTS TO BE MADE ON OR AFTER 100% SALE DAY
REVERSING AMENDMENTS MADE BY PART 1 OF THE SCHEDULE
Paragraph 8 (3) (c):
Omit:
"other than:
(i) Qantas Airways Limited; or
(ii) a company that is a subsidiary of Qantas Airways Limited.
"Subsection 8 (5A):
Omit the subsection.
Subsections 2 (2), (3) (c), (4) and (6) of the Qantas Sale Act 1992 provide as follows:
"(2) Subject to subsection (3), the remaining provisions of this Act commence on a day or days to be fixed by Proclamation.
"(3) A Proclamation may fix a day that is earlier than the day on which the Proclamation is published in the Gazette but only if:
(c) in the case of sections 25, 36, 38, 44 and 51 and Parts 5, 6 and
7 of the Schedule - the day is not earlier than the 100% sale day.
"(4) If, on the 100% sale day, sections 35, 37, 43 and 50 and Part 1 of the Schedule have not commenced, then, on the day on which Part 7 of the Schedule commences, sections 35, 36, 37, 38, 43, 44, 50 and 51 and Parts 1 and 5 of the Schedule are taken to have been repealed.
"(6) If a provision of this Act has not commenced before 31 August 1995, the provision is taken to have been repealed on that day."
As at 5 January 1995 no date had been fixed and the amendments are not incorporated in this reprint.

*3* Section 8 - The Public Accounts Committee Act 1951 was modified by Schedule 1 of the A.C.T.
Self-Government (Consequential Provisions) Regulations as amended. The modifications of Schedule 1 are set out below and are not incorporated in this reprint.
Paragraph 8 (2) (a):
Before "the Northern Territory" insert "the Australian Capital Territory or.
Subparagraph 8 (2) (b) (i):
Before "the Northern Territory" insert"the Australian Capital Territory or.
Subsection 8 (6) (definition of "State):
After "includes" insert "the Australian Capital Territory and.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 9
Sectional Committees

SECT

9. (1) The Committee may appoint a Sectional Committee or Sectional Committees of three or more of its members to inquire into and report to the Committee upon such matters with which the Committee is concerned as the Committee directs.

(3) The provisions of this Act (other than this section and section 5, subsection 7 (1) and sections 8 and 12) apply in relation to a Sectional Committee in like manner as they apply in relation to the Committee and, for the purposes of those provisions as so applying, a reference to the Chairman or the Vice-Chairman of the Committee (except the references in section 22) shall be read as a reference to the Chairman or the Vice-Chairman of the Sectional Committee.

(3A) At a meeting of a Sectional Committee, a quorum is constituted by:
(a) in the case of a Sectional Committee of no more than 5 members - 2 members;
(b) in the case of a Sectional Committee of 6 or 7 members - 3 members; and
(c) in the case of a Sectional Committee of 8 or 9 members - 4 members.

(4) A Sectional Committee shall report in writing to the Committee as soon as practicable on each matter referred to that Sectional Committee by the Committee.

(5) A Sectional Committee may sit at any time notwithstanding that the Committee is sitting at the same time.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 10
Power to take evidence

SECT

10. (1) The Committee may take evidence on oath or affirmation and the Chairman or the Vice-Chairman may administer oaths or affirmations to witnesses appearing before the Committee.

(2) The oath or affirmation administered to a witness may be in accordance with Form A or Form B in the Schedule, as the case requires.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 11
Sittings to be public except in certain cases

SECT

11. (1) Subject to this section, the Committee shall take all evidence in public.

(2) The Committee may, and at the request of the witness giving the evidence shall, take in private evidence, whether oral or documentary, which, in the opinion of the Committee, relates to a secret or confidential matter.

(3) Where, at the request of a witness, evidence is taken by the Committee in private:
(a) the Committee or a member shall not, without the consent in writing of the witness; and
(b) a person other than a member shall not, without the consent in writing of the witness and the authority of the Committee under subsection (5);
disclose or publish the whole or a part of the evidence (other than evidence which has already been lawfully published).

(4) Where evidence is taken by the Committee in private otherwise than at the request of a witness, a person (including a member of the Committee) shall not, without the authority (in writing signed by the Chairman) of the Committee under the next succeeding subsection, disclose or publish the whole or a part of that evidence (other than evidence which has already been lawfully published).

(5) The Committee may, in its discretion, disclose or publish, or authorize the disclosure or publication of, evidence taken in private, but this subsection does not operate so as to affect the necessity for the consent of a witness under subsection (3).

(6) This section has effect notwithstanding the provisions of section 2 of the Parliamentary Papers Act 1908-1946.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 12
Continuance of evidence

SECT

12. Where the Committee as constituted at any time, or a Sectional Committee of the Committee as constituted at any time, has taken evidence in relation to a matter, but the Committee as so constituted has ceased to exist before reporting on the matter, the Committee as next constituted may consider that evidence as if it had been given before it.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 13
Power to summon witnesses

SECT

13. (1) The Committee may summon a person to appear before it to give evidence and produce documents.

(2) A summons to a witness may be in accordance with Form C in the Schedule and shall be signed by the Chairman or the Vice-Chairman.

(3) A summons to a witness may be served upon the witness either personally or by being left at, or sent by post to, his usual place of business or of abode.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 14
Warrant in case of disobedience of summons

SECT

14. (1) If a person upon whom a summons under the last preceding section has been served and to whom reasonable expenses of conveyance have been tendered fails to appear, or, having appeared, fails to continue in attendance, in obedience to the summons, the Chairman or the Vice-Chairman may issue a warrant for his apprehension.

(2) The warrant may be in accordance with Form D in the Schedule.

(3) The person executing a warrant under this section may:
(a) apprehend the person in respect of whom it is issued;
(b) bring that person before the Committee; and
(c) detain that person in custody until he is released by order of the Chairman or the Vice-Chairman.

(4) The warrant may be executed by the person to whom it is addressed or by a person appointed by him to assist him in its execution, and the person executing the warrant may break and enter a building, place or ship for the purpose of executing the warrant.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 15
Witness to obey summons

SECT

15. A person upon whom a summons under section 13 has been served shall not, without reasonable excuse (proof whereof shall lie upon him), fail to appear or to continue in attendance in obedience to the summons.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 16
Preventing witnesses from giving evidence

SECT

16. A person shall not knowingly dissuade or prevent a person from obeying a summons under section 13.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 17
Witnesses not to refuse to be sworn etc.

SECT

17. A person summoned to appear before the Committee shall not, without just cause (proof whereof shall lie upon him) refuse:
(a) to be sworn or make an affirmation;
(b) to answer a question put to him by the Committee or by any member thereof; or
(c) to produce a document which he is required by the Committee or by a member thereof to produce.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 18
False evidence

SECT

18. A person shall not wilfully give false evidence on oath or affirmation before the Committee.
Penalty: Five years' imprisonment.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 19
Privileges and protection of witnesses

SECT

19. (1) A person summoned to appear or appearing before the Committee as a witness shall have the same protection and privileges as a witness in proceedings in the High Court.

(2) A person shall not use, cause, inflict or procure any violence, punishment, damage, loss or disadvantage on or to a person for or on account of his having appeared as a witness before the Committee, or for or on account of any evidence lawfully given by him before the Committee.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 20
Witnesses' expenses

SECT

20. A witness appearing before the Committee shall be entitled to be paid such fees and travelling expenses as the Chairman or the Vice-Chairman allows in accordance with the prescribed scale.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 21
Offences

SECT

21. (1) A person who contravenes, or fails to comply with, a provision of this Act (other than section 18) is guilty of an offence against this section.

(2) An offence against this section may be prosecuted either summarily or upon indictment, but an offender is not liable to be punished more than once in respect of the same offence.

(3) The punishment for an offence against this section is:
(a) if the offence is prosecuted summarily - a fine not exceeding Two hundred dollars or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months; or
(b) if the offence is prosecuted upon indictment - a fine not exceeding Four hundred dollars or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year.

(4) An offence against this Act shall not be prosecuted summarily without the written consent of the Attorney-General, of a person thereto authorized in writing by the Attorney-General or of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and an offence against this Act shall not be prosecuted on indictment except in the name of the Attorney-General or of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 22
Allowances

SECT

22. (1) The Chairman and other members of the Committee shall be paid such allowances as are prescribed.

(2) The prescribed allowances are payable, upon the certificate of the Chairman or of the Vice-Chairman, out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund, which is appropriated accordingly.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 23
Limitation of annual expenditure

SECT

23. (1) The total amount paid out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund in respect of allowances payable under the last preceding section shall not exceed Twenty thousand dollars in any financial year.

(2) Where, in any financial year, the amount of Twenty thousand dollars would, but for subsection (1), be exceeded, a proportionate abatement, to be determined by the Minister for Finance, shall be made in the sums payable, so as to reduce the amount so payable to the sum of Twenty thousand dollars.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SECT 24
Regulations

SECT

24. The Governor-General may make regulations, not inconsistent with this Act, prescribing all matters which are required or permitted to be prescribed, or which are necessary or convenient to be prescribed, for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.

PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE ACT 1951 - SCHEDULE

SCH

THE SCHEDULE
FORM A Section 10
OATH OF WITNESS
The evidence you shall give before the Committee shall be the
truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you
God]
FORM B Section 10
AFFIRMATION OF WITNESS
You do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that the
evidence you shall give before the Committee shall be the truth,
the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
FORM C Section 13
COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
Public Accounts Committee Act 1951
SUMMONS TO A WITNESS
To (here insert name, address and occupation of witness)
You are hereby summoned to appear before the Joint Committee of
Public Accounts (or a Sectional Committee of the Joint Committee
of Public Accounts) on the day of , 19, at
o'clock in the noon, at , then and there to give
evidence and then and there to produce ; and you
are required to continue in attendance as directed by the said
Committee (or Sectional Committee) or the Chairman thereof, until
your attendance is no longer required.
Dated the day of , 19.
(Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Committee or Sectional
Committee)
FORM D Section 14
COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
Public Accounts Committee Act 1951
WARRANT FOR THE APPREHENSION OF A WITNESS WHO HAS
DISOBEYED A SUMMONS
Whereas (name, address and occupation of witness) has been
summoned to appear as a witness before the Joint Committee of
Public Accounts (or a Sectional Committee of the Joint Committee
of Public Accounts), but has failed to appear in obedience to the
summons; these are therefore to command and authorize you
forthwith to apprehend the said (name of witness) and to bring him
before the said Committee (or Sectional Committee), and to detain
him in custody for that purpose until he is released by order of
the Chairman.
Given at the day of , 19.
(Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Committee or Sectional
Committee)
To (name of person to whom warrant is addressed).