Social Policy Scrutiny Committee Inquiry into the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Consequential and Related Amendments) Bill 2017 February 2018
Tabled paper 588
Tabled papers for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Ngaree Ah Kit
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Inquiry into the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Consequential and Related Amendments) Bill 2017 12 2 Provisions of the Bill Background to the Bill 2.1 The Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Consequential and Related Amendments) Bill 2017 amends a number of Acts in relation to the establishment of the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption and repeal of the Public Interest Disclosures Act. Purpose and Overview of the Bill 2.2 As noted in the Explanatory Statement, the Bill: amends the Correctional Services Act to facilitate the ICACs access to Correctional premises and to prisoners as required; amends the Criminal Code to update the offences and penalties of a number of offences concerning government corruption which the ICAC can investigate; provides that the ICAC can handle and disclose spent convictions for certain purposes by amending the Criminal Records (Spent Convictions) Act; amends the Legislative Assembly (Disclosure of Interests) Act to provide that the ICAC has access to the register of interests for the Legislative Assembly; amends the Procurement Act to guarantee that the ICAC has complete independence as to whom it chooses to contract to conduct investigative and legal work; amends the Police (Special Investigative and Other Powers) Act to give the ICAC the power to apply for warrants to conduct controlled operations; amends the Surveillance Devices Act to give the ICAC the power to apply for warrants to use and install surveillance devices; amends the Witness Protection (Northern Territory) Act to provide that witnesses for the ICAC can be considered for the witnesses protection program, and that the ICAC can apply to the court for a witness to be given an assumed identity; amends the Telecommunications (Interception) Northern Territory Act to give the ICAC the power to intercept telecommunications; and removes obsolete references to the Public Interest Disclosure Act and replaces them with references to the ICAC Act as appropriate from the Housing Act, the Education and Care Services (National Uniform Legislation) Act, the Evidence (National Uniform Legislation) Act, and the Rail Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act.2 2 Explanatory Statement, Independent Commissioner Against Corruption (Consequential and Related Amendments) Bill 2017 (Serial No. 35), https://parliament.nt.gov.au/committees/spsc/CRA , pp.1-2 https://parliament.nt.gov.au/committees/spsc/CRA
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