Information about the inquiry

Inquiry into the Customs Legislation Amendment (Augmenting Offshore Powers and Other Measures) Bill 2006

Information about the inquiry

On 7 December 2006, the Senate referred the above Bill to the Legal and Constitutional Committee for inquiry and report by 8 February 2007.

 The Bill includes provisions relating to:

  • powers for customs officers to conduct searches and seize items immediately after boarding a ship or aircraft for border enforcement purposes;
  • duty recovery and payments of duty under protest;
  • employment arrangements for customs brokers; and
  • making false or misleading declarations when using the electronic SmartGate passenger processing system.

Lodging Submissions

Submissions are called for by 19 January 2007. Submissions become Committee documents and are only made public after a decision by the Committee. Unauthorised release of submissions is not covered by parliamentary privilege. Further assistance can be obtained by phoning the secretariat on (02) 6277 3560.

For further information, contact:

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

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560
Fax: +61 2 6277 5794