Submissions on the Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill are due by 5 February, 2015.

The Law and Order Select Committee has called for submissions on the Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill. The last date for submission is 5 February, 2015. See "Business before the Law and Order Committee" on www.parliament.nz.

The introduction of the Omnibus Bill should at last facilitate New Zealand’s ability to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.  Transparency International's New Zealand Chapter (TINZ) will make a submission and intends to make the following points. 

  • The Organised Crime and Anti Corruption Legislation Bill will strengthen existing legislation and support our standing as a country that takes its international commitments seriously.
  • However, Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) seeks an amendment to the proposed Bill to more fully clarify that facilitation payments are bribes.
    • Section 105C (3) (a) and (b) from the Crimes Act currently offers a defence for facilitation payments.
    • UNCAC prohibits bribes to government officials in all forms.
    • UNCAC does not distinguish between small or large bribes, nor between bribes and facilitation payments, because they are the same thing.
    • We ask that the Bill clarifies that a facilitation payment is a bribe. 

If you would like to draw on our points for you own submission please feel free to do so. In any event we encourage your engagement on this very important Bill. if you identify other points that you feel that TINZ may want to review, don’t hesitate to let us know.

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