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

AU WA A1143 - ROYAL COMMISSION INTO COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES OF GOVERNMENT AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Legal Status Text

Royal Commission

Authorized form of name

ROYAL COMMISSION INTO COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES OF GOVERNMENT AND OTHER ACTIVITIES

Other form(s) of name

Description identifier

AU WA A1143

Description area

Dates of existence

1991-01-08 - 1992-12-31

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).

Places

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Creation: Royal Commissions Act 1968; Commission issued by the Governor on 8 January 1991; Royal Commission Into Commercial Activities of Government Act 1992.

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General context

Relationships area

Related function

Related unit of description

Series S2946 - DOCUMENT REGISTRY INDEXES

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Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1992-01-01 - 1992-12-31

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Series S2979 - SOURCE DOCUMENTATION

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1991-01-01 - 1992-12-31

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Series S2980 - ADMINISTRATIVE FILES

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Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1991-01-01 - 1992-12-31

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Series S2981 - ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES

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Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1991-01-01 - 1992-12-31

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Series S2982 - TRANSCRIPTS FROM HEARINGS

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Creation

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-

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Series S2983 - PRESS CLIPPINGS

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Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1991-01-01 - 1992-12-31

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Series S2984 - GENERAL DOCUMENTS

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-

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Series S2781 - EXHIBITS

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1992-01-01 - 1992-12-31

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Series S3609 - COMPUTER BACKUP TAPES (Draft)

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Creation

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-

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Final

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