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Royal Commissions Amendment (Confidentiality Protections) Bill 2020

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Amends the: Royal Commissions Act 1902 to apply the limits on the use and disclosure of information given to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with Disability (the commission) in private session, and the restrictions on the ability of such private session information to be used in evidence against the person who gave the information, to information given to the commission for purposes other than in a private session, where the commission has indicated the information is to be treated as confidential and has treated it as such; and Freedom of Information Act 1982 to make a consequential amendment.


Introduced and read a first time 06 Oct 2020
Second reading moved 06 Oct 2020
Second reading debate 15 Feb 2021
Second reading agreed to 15 Feb 2021
Third reading agreed to 15 Feb 2021
House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 15 Feb 2021
Lapsed at dissolution 11 Apr 2022

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Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

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