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CRIMES ACT 1914 - SECT 3ZZKE

Asking questions and seeking production of documents

Scope

             (1)  This section applies if a constable enters premises under section 3ZZKA.

Entry with consent

             (2)  If the entry is authorised because the occupier of the premises consented to the entry, the constable may ask the occupier to answer any questions, and produce any document, that is likely to assist in:

                     (a)  the protection of the public from a terrorist act; or

                     (b)  preventing the provision of support for, or the facilitation of, a terrorist act; or

                     (c)  preventing the provision of support for, or the facilitation of, the engagement in a hostile activity in a foreign country; or

                     (d)  determining whether the relevant control order has been, or is being, complied with.

Note 1:       A person is not required to answer a question, or produce a document, in response to a request under this subsection.

Note 2:       See also sections 3ZZRC and 3ZZRD.

Entry under a monitoring warrant

             (3)  If:

                     (a)  the entry is authorised by a monitoring warrant; and

                     (b)  the warrant authorises the constable to exercise powers under this subsection;

the constable may (subject to subsections (4) to (7)) require any person on the premises to answer any questions, and produce any document, that is likely to assist in:

                     (c)  the protection of the public from a terrorist act; or

                     (d)  preventing the provision of support for, or the facilitation of, a terrorist act; or

                     (e)  preventing the provision of support for, or the facilitation of, the engagement in a hostile activity in a foreign country; or

                      (f)  determining whether the relevant control order has been, or is being, complied with.

Note:          See also sections 3ZZRC and 3ZZRD.

Legal professional privilege and privilege against self-incrimination

             (4)  Before a constable requires a person to answer a question or produce a document under subsection (3), the constable must explain the effect of section 3ZZJD to the person.

             (5)  An answer to a question or a document produced under subsection (3) by a person is not admissible in evidence against him or her in criminal proceedings if a constable fails to explain the effect of section 3ZZJD to the person in accordance with subsection (4). The failure does not otherwise affect the use of the answer or document.

Note:          For the uses that may be made of the answer or document, see sections 3ZZRC and 3ZZRD.

Exceptions to subsection (3)

             (6)  A person is not subject to a requirement under subsection (3) if:

                     (a)  the person does not possess the information or document required; and

                     (b)  the person has taken all reasonable steps available to the person to obtain the information or document required and has been unable to obtain it.

             (7)  A person is not subject to a requirement under subsection (3) to produce a document if the document is not at the premises.

Offence

             (8)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is subject to a requirement under subsection (3); and

                     (b)  the person engages in conduct; and

                     (c)  the person's conduct breaches the requirement.

Penalty for contravention of this subsection:        30 penalty units.



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