Current investigative processes and powers of the Australian Federal Police in relation to non-criminal matters

15 May 2014

© Commonwealth of Australia 2014
ISBN 978-1-74229-996-9

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Members of the committee (PDF 234KB)
Recommendations (PDF 24KB)
CHAPTER 1 - Introduction (PDF 11KB)

Terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Note on references
Structure of the report

CHAPTER 2 - Background and overview of the Commonwealth proceeds of crime regime (PDF 126KB)

Overview of the confiscation scheme in the POC Act
Evolution of Commonwealth proceeds of crime legislation
Operational framework for proceeds of crime matters
Recent literary proceeds investigation involving Seven West Media

CHAPTER 3 - Use of investigative powers by the AFP under the POC Act (PDF 221KB)

Information gathering powers in the POC Act
Appropriateness of the investigative powers available under the POC Act
Exercise of investigative powers by the AFP
Specific issues relating to the recent investigation involving Seven West Media

CHAPTER 4 - Literary proceeds matters and safeguards for freedom of speech and of the press (PDF 129KB)

Literary proceeds matters and freedom of speech
Protocols for AFP investigations involving media organisations

CHAPTER 5 - Committee views and recommendations (PDF 126KB)

AFP processes and procedures during proceeds of crime investigations
Literary proceeds matters under the POC Act
Possible changes to the investigative powers available under the POC Act
Protecting press freedoms during AFP investigations

Additional Comments - Nick Xenophon, Independent Senator for South Australia (PDF 144KB)
Appendix 1 - Public submissions (PDF 4KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 57KB)
Appendix 3 - Tabled documents, answers to questions on notice and additional information (PDF 85KB)

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Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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