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Author Administrative Review Council (Australia)

Title The coercive information-gathering powers of government agencies / Administrative Review Council
Published Barton, A.C.T. : Administrative Review Council, 2008
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Description xviii, 98 pages ; 25 cm
Series Report (Administrative Review Council (Australia)) ; no. 48
Report / Administrative Review Council ; 48
Report (Administrative Review Council (Australia)) ; no. 48
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Statutory triggers -- 3. Deciding whether to use the powers -- 4. Exercising the powers -- 5. Notices, examinations and hearings -- 6. Claims of privilege -- 7. Limits on the disclosure and use of information: secrecy and privacy provisions
Summary Coercive information-gathering powers are important administrative and regulatory devices for government. At the national level in Australia many agencies use them to compel the provision of information, the production of documents and the answering of questions. In this report the Administrative Review Council considers in detail these powers, using as its reference point the powers of six agencies - the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Australian Taxation Office, Centrelink, and Medicare Australia. These agencies provided to the Council valuable insights into the operation of their coercive information-gathering powers
Notes "May 2008"--Cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Government information -- Australia.
Governmental investigations -- Australia.
Confidential communications -- Australia.
Privileges and immunities -- Australia.
Administrative agencies -- Australia.
Author Administrative Review Council (Australia)
ISBN 1921241365