Penalties for white collar crime

At the dissolution of the Senate and the House of Representatives on 9 May 2016 for a general election on 2 July 2016, the parliamentary committees of the 44th Parliament ceased to exist. Therefore inquiries that were not completed have lapsed and submissions cannot be received.  However, information about the inquiries is still available on this website. 

On 13 September 2016, the Senate agreed to the committee's recommendation that this inquiry be re-adopted in the 45th Parliament. Information about the re-adopted inquiry is available here.

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On 25 November 2015, the Senate referred an inquiry into the inconsistencies and inadequacies of current criminal, civil and administrative penalties for corporate and financial misconduct or white-collar crime to the Senate Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 27 July 2016.

Submissions closed on 30 March 2016

Please note that this inquiry is focusing on the inconsistencies and inadequacies of current criminal, civil and administrative penalties for corporate and financial misconduct or white-collar crime, with particular reference to, among other things, evidentiary standards, the use and duration of custodial sentences and the use and duration of banning orders.  

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