State Records Office of WA SROWA

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

Series S2984 - GENERAL DOCUMENTS

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AU WA S2984

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GENERAL DOCUMENTS

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  • 1991-01-01 - 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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General documents may be described as evidentiary material sourced both externally and internally for the Royal Commission into the Commercial Activities of Government and Other Matters. Externally sourced documents were gathered from public offices, private offices and persons for evidentiary or investigatory purposes. Internally generated material was gathered by Royal Commission investigators from sources available to the public (e.g. published sources).

Following the dissolution of the Royal Commission, this collection of records were transferred to the custody of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions before being transferred to the custody of the State Records Office in 1999.

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Archivist's note

A master listing to individual documents (which form part of larger items in this series) is on microfilm. As part of the SRO project to assess and process the WA Inc material (2002-2004), the project team produced a print out from this microfiche which they annotated when they were checking individual documents. This print out - as well as the original microfiche - is currently kept at the end of ALB Security Stack sequence.

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