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Power to require persons to give information, produce documents or answer questions

             (1)  An authorised officer may give a notice to a person under subsection (2) if the authorised officer has reason to believe that the person has information or a document that is relevant to the administration or enforcement of this Act.

             (2)  The authorised officer may, by written notice given to the person, require the person:

                     (a)  to give any such information to a specified authorised officer; or

                     (b)  to produce any such document to a specified authorised officer; or

                     (c)  to appear before a specified authorised officer to answer questions.

Note:          For self-incrimination, see section 83.

             (3)  The notice must:

                     (a)  if paragraph (2)(a) or (b) applies:

                              (i)  specify the period (which must be at least 14 days after the notice is given to the person) within which the person is required to comply with the notice; and

                             (ii)  specify the manner in which the person is required to comply with the notice; and

                     (b)  if paragraph (2)(c) applies--specify a time and place at which the person is to appear; and

                     (c)  in any case--state the effect of subsection (6) (offence for failure to comply).

Oath or affirmation

             (4)  An authorised officer may require answers provided under paragraph (2)(c) to be verified by, or given on, oath or affirmation and either orally or in writing.

             (5)  An authorised officer to whom information or answers are verified or given may administer the oath or affirmation.


             (6)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is given a notice under subsection (2); and

                     (b)  the person fails to comply with the notice.

Penalty for contravention of this subsection:        30 penalty units.



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