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BIOSECURITY ACT 2015 - SECT 635

Privilege against self-incrimination

Person not entitled to refuse to answer questions, provide information or produce documents under certain provisions of this Act

             (1)  A person is not excused from answering a question, providing information or producing a document, under any of the following provisions, on the ground that the answer, the information or the production of the document might tend to incriminate the person or make the person liable to a penalty:

                     (a)  sections 44, 45, 69, 70 and 85 and Division 6 of Part 2 of Chapter 2 (human biosecurity);

                     (b)  sections 120, 121, 122, 126 and 127 (managing biosecurity risks: goods);

                     (c)  sections 193, 194, 195, 196, 200 and 201 (managing biosecurity risks: conveyances);

                     (d)  sections 267, 268 and 300D (ballast water);

                     (e)  sections 312B, 312C, 312E, 312F, 319 and 320 (managing biosecurity risks: monitoring, control and response);

                      (f)  subsection 437(1) (audit powers in relation to approved arrangements);

                     (g)  sections 450 and 451 (biosecurity emergencies);

                     (h)  subsection 24(3) of the Regulatory Powers Act as it applies in relation to this Act;

                      (i)  subsection 54(3) of the Regulatory Powers Act as it applies in relation to this Act.

Use/derivative use indemnity applies to answer, information or document

             (2)  However, in the case of an individual:

                     (a)  the answer given, the information provided or the document produced; and

                     (b)  answering the question, providing the information or producing the document; and

                     (c)  any information, document or thing obtained as a direct or indirect consequence of the answering of the question, the provision of the information or the production of the document;

are not admissible in evidence against the individual in any criminal or civil proceedings, except proceedings under, or arising out of, section 137.1 or 137.2 of the Criminal Code or section 532 or 533 of this Act, (false or misleading information and documents) in relation to answering the question, providing the information or producing the document.

Privilege not otherwise affected

             (3)  Except as provided by subsection (1), nothing in this Act affects the right of an individual to refuse to answer a question, provide information or produce a document on the ground that the answer, the information or the production of the document might tend to incriminate the individual or make the individual liable to a penalty.



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