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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 1982 - SECT 55W

Information gathering powers--obliging persons to appear

Notice to appear

             (1)  The Information Commissioner may, by written notice, require a person to appear before the Information Commissioner to answer questions for the purposes of an IC review.

             (2)  The notice must:

                     (a)  be in writing; and

                     (b)  state that the person must comply with the notice at a specified time that is not less than 14 days after the time at which the person is given the notice; and

                     (c)  specify the place at which the person must comply with the notice.

Offence for failure to comply

             (3)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  the person is subject to a requirement specified in a notice under subsection (1); and

                     (b)  the person engages in conduct; and

                     (c)  the person's conduct breaches the requirement.

Penalty for a contravention of this subsection: 6 months imprisonment.

Note:          Chapter 2 of the Criminal Code sets out the general principles of criminal responsibility.



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