House of Representatives Committees

Inquiry into averment provisions in Australian customs legislation

On Monday 31 May 2004, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs tabled its report on the inquiry into averment provisions in Australian customs legislation.

A copy of the entire report and the individual chapters are provided in Portable Document Format (PDF).

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Modern-day usage of averments in customs prosecutions

Preliminary pages Contents, Foreword, Committee Membership, Terms of Reference, List of Abbreviations and List of Recommendations (PDF 50KB)
Chapter 1 Introduction (PDF 73KB)
Chapter 2 The Appropriateness of the Averment Provisions (PDF 139KB)
Chapter 3 The Use of the Averment Provisions in, Comptroller-General of Customs v Tomson and Keomalavong (PDF 141KB)
Appendix A List of submissions (PDF 13KB)
Appendix B List of exhibits (PDF 11KB)
Appendix C List of witnesses (PDF 13KB)
Appendix D Exhibit 6 (PDF 586KB)
Appendix E Correspondence from the Director of Public Prosecutions (PDF 170KB)
Dissenting Report Hon Duncan Kerr MP (PDF 11KB)

Click here for a consolidated copy of the report (excluding Appendices D and E and the dissenting report that can be viewed from the links above) (PDF 434KB).

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