State Records Office of WA SROWA

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

Series S2979 - SOURCE DOCUMENTATION

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AU WA S2979

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SOURCE DOCUMENTATION

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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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Source documentation created by the Royal Commission into the Commercial Activities of Government and Other Matters. The documentation provides a summary of the GENERAL DOCUMENTS (Series No. 2984, Consignment 7333) submitted to the Commission by public offices, private offices and persons.

The source documentation is arranged alphabetically (by the name of the public office, private office or person which/who has submitted general documents to the Commission).

The source documentation are effectively reports printed from the Titan database, the records management system used by the Royal Commission Registry.

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Restricted 75 yrs

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Archivist's note

A master index which lists the name of public offices, private offices and persons is retained in the State Records Office Security Stack.

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