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Variation of Letters Patent dated 27 October 1988 for the inquiry into deaths of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in custody.
Administered by: Prime Minister and Cabinet

 

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

ELIZABETH THE SECOND, by the Grace of God Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth:

TO:

THE HONOURABLE DANIEL JOHN O’DEA

GREETING:

WHEREAS by Letters Patent issued in Our name by Our Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on 27 October 1988 We appointed you to be a Commissioner to inquire into and report upon certain deaths in Australia since 1 January 1980 of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders whilst in police custody, in prison or in any other place of detention and into certain matters relating thereto:

AND WHEREAS it is desirable that those Letters Patent be varied in certain respects:

NOW THEREFORE We do, by these Our Letters Patent issued in Our name by Our Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia on the advice of the Federal Executive Council and pursuant to the Constitution of Australia, the Royal Commissions Act 1902 and every other enabling power, declare that the Letters Patent issued on 27 October 1988 shall have effect as if for the words “in police custody, in prison or in any other place caused or contributed to that death” there were substituted “in police custody, in prison or in any other place of detention caused or contributed to that death”.

WITNESS His Excellency the Right Honourable Sir Ninian Martin Stephen, a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council, Knight of the Order of Australia, Knight Grand Cross of The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Knight Grand Cross of The Royal Victorian Order, Knight Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.

Dated this 7 day of December 1988

Governor-General

By His Excellency’s Command,

Prime Minister