State Records Office of WA SROWA

Government of Western Australia, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

Series S2781 - EXHIBITS

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AU WA S2781

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EXHIBITS

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  • 1992-01-01 - 1992-12-31 (Creation)

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AU WA A1143 - ROYAL COMMISSION INTO COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES OF GOVERNMENT AND OTHER ACTIVITIES (1991-01-08 - 1992-12-31)

Administrative history

On 19 November 1990, the Premier, Hon. Carmen Lawrence MLA, announced the intention of her Government to appoint a Royal Commission to inquire into certain matters. On 8 January 1991 His Excellency the Governor approved the issue of the Royal Commission (commonly known as the Royal Commission into WA Inc.) to:

"To Inquire whether there has been-
(a) corruption;
(b) illegal conduct; or
(c) improper conduct,
by any person or corporation in the affairs, investment decisions and business dealings of the Government of Western Australia or its agencies, instrumentalities and corporations in respect of the matters referred to in Schedule 1, and to report whether-
(d) any matter should be referred to an appropriate authority with a view to the institution of criminal proceedings; or
(e) changes in the law of the State, or in administrative or decision making procedures, are necessary or desirable in the public interest..."

The full terms of reference can be found in the Government Gazette dated 8 January 1991 (No. 4 Special).

On 16 June 1992, the Royal Commission into Commercial Activities of Government Act 1992 came into effect, amending the terms of reference in the original commission dated 8 January 1992 to read:

"To Inquire AND REPORT whether there has been-
(a) corruption;
(b) illegal conduct; or
(c) improper conduct,
by any person or corporation in the affairs, investment decisions and business dealings of the Government of Western Australia or its agencies, instrumentalities and corporations in respect of the matters referred to in Schedule 1, and to FURTHER report whether-
(d) any matter should be referred to an appropriate authority with a view to the institution of criminal proceedings; or
(e) changes in the law of the State, or in administrative or decision making procedures, are necessary or desirable in the public interest..."

(The amendments are in capital letters. Essentially, the original terms of reference had been insufficient. Originally, the Commission was to enquire into matters (a), (b) and (c) but report only on (d) and (e). The 1992 Act was required to correct this anomoly).

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Exhibits which were tendered in evidence to the Royal Commission into Commercial Activities of Government and Other Matters as part of formal proceedings.

The exhibits consist of original papers together with photocopies (where the Royal Commission might or might not have custody of the original papers). These exhibits are made up of the essential elements extracted from the material held as part of the GENERAL DOCUMENTS (Series No. 2984, Consignment 7333).

Following the dissolution of the Royal Commission, the exhibits were transferred to the custody of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) before being transferred to the State Records Office in 1999.

Where the DPP returned primary exhibits to the original source (whether public office, private office or person), copies of such documents were made to ensure the primary set remained a complete record. Copies of artefacts (e.g. stamps) were, however, not retained with the primary set due to logistical difficulties.

Each exhibit was allocated a unique number by the Royal Commission Registry. As such, the exhibits are arranged in a numerical sequence, but are grouped according to the Terms of Reference of the Royal Commission.

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Restricted 75 years

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Archivist's note

A set of exhibit indices, which provides a description of each exhibit and the exhibit number, is kept at the State Records Office Security Stack.

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