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House Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs

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Inquiry into the Arrangements Surrounding Crimes Committed at Sea

About the inquiry

The Committee received terms of reference for an inquiry into the Arrangements Surrounding Crimes Committed at Sea from the Attorney General, The Hon Nicola Roxon MP, on 11 September 2012. The Committee agreed to adopt the terms of reference for the inquiry, as referred by the Attorney General, on Thursday 13 September 2012.

The inquiry was referred as part of the government response to the recommendations of the New South Wales Coronial inquest into the tragic death of Ms Dianne Brimble. The focus of the inquiry is on the jurisdiction and investigation of crimes against the person, which includes fatal, non-fatal and sexual offences committed on cruise and merchant ships.

The Committee requests interested individuals and organisations to make submissions addressing the Terms of Reference by Friday 23 November 2012. Please refer to our brochure called preparing a submission for more information. If you require additional time to prepare a submission, please contact the Secretariat by phone 02 6277 2358 or email

Inquiries from hearing and speech impaired people should be directed to Parliament House TTY number 02 6277 7799. Adobe also provides tools at  for the blind and visually impaired to access PDF documents. If you require any special arrangements to enable you to participate in the Committee's inquiry, please contact the Committee Secretariat.


In order to facilitate electronic publishing of submissions, the Committee would prefer to receive submissions in Microsoft Word® or Portable Document Format (PDF). Submissions can be emailed to The email must include full postal address and contact details. Written submissions can also be sent to the postal address.

Legal advice was received by the Committee from the Australian Government Solicitor on 10 May 2013 - (PDF 7,799KB)

The Committee tabled its report on Monday 24 June 2013.

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