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ROYAL COMMISSIONS ACT 1902 - SECT 7A

Effect of Royal Commissioner having authority to inquire under foreign law

                   Where:

                     (a)  by Letters Patent, a commission to make inquiry into and report upon the matters specified in the Letters Patent has been issued to a person or persons under section 1A;

                     (b)  an authority to inquire into, and take evidence in relation to, specified matters is granted by, or issued under, a law of another country, to the person, or to any one or more of the persons, referred to in paragraph (a);

                     (c)  in the opinion of the Attorney-General, the matters specified:

                              (i)  in the case of an authority granted by a law of another country--in that law; or

                             (ii)  in the case of an authority issued under a law of another country--in the instrument by which the authority is issued;

                            are the same or substantially the same as the matters specified in the Letters Patent or are significantly related to those last-mentioned matters; and

                     (d)  arrangements have been made between Australia and that other country in relation to the performance of functions and the exercise of powers under the authority by the person or persons referred to in paragraph (b);

any information obtained, and any evidence taken, by the person or persons referred to in paragraph (b), in the course of the performance of a function, or the exercise of a power, under the authority, being information or evidence that relates to the matters specified in the Letters Patent, may, subject to:

                     (e)  any conditions or restrictions subject to which the authority was granted or issued; and

                      (f)  any provision of the arrangements;

be used by the person or persons referred to in paragraph (a) for the purposes of the performance of any function, or the exercise of any power, under the commission.



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