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Commissions of Inquiry Act 1950 – 1 July 2013

Commissions of Inquiry (Child Protection Inquiry-Evidence) Regulation 2012 – 20 July 2012

Commissions of Inquiry (Fuel Subsidy Inquiry – Evidence) Regulation 2007 – 6 September 2007

Commissions of Inquiry (Queensland Floods Inquiry – Evidence) Regulation 2011 – 8 April 2011

Commissions of Inquiry (Queensland Public Hospitals Inquiry – Evidence) Regulation 2005 – 16 September 2005

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Commissions of inquiry set up by the Government have a legislative framework in which to operate. One interesting rule is that a person attending before a commission is not entitled to remain silent with respect to a matter relevant to the inquiry. However, any statement given cannot be used in court against the person who is not able to remain silent.

  • Sections 4, 14, 14A, 17

Sittings of Commissions of inquiry are generally open to the public.

  • Section 16A, 18
Reason for law

To make further and better provision for facilitating inquiries by commissions of inquiry. (Long Title to Act)

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Critique

Section 4A refers to the use of telegram which is an outdated method of communication.

The section 9A warrant could be restricted to being actioned by a police officer only.

The section 11 summary punishment is exercisable by a chairperson who is not a supreme court judge. This practice could be reviewed.

Section 18 could be amended to have a notice requirement for sittings of commissions of inquiry to better facilitate public attendance at the sittings.

A commission of inquiry regulation may be repealed upon inquiry completion.

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