The Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill
By Grace Liang
Member, Transparency International New Zealand (Board Company Secretary)
Following its introduction to Parliament in June 2014, the Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill passed its first reading on 5 November 2014. The omnibus Bill contains amendments to existing New Zealand legislation aimed at targeting and further disrupting the activities of organised criminal groups. The legislation also seeks to enhance New Zealand’s anti-corruption legislation framework and bring the country in line with international best practice set by international conventions. Public submissions to the Law and Order Select Committee closed on 5 February, 2015.
Transparency International New Zealand made a submission to the Committee, which can be viewed in full here. TINZ's submissions focused on the issue of facilitation payments, and can be summarised as follows:
- that the Bill should more fully clarify that facilitation payments are bribes
- that making facilitation payments unlawful will affirm New Zealand's commitment to preventing corruption and to growing integrity
- that the Bill must ensure consistencies with foreign law and international standards, including the UK bribery legislation
- that an outright ban of facilitation payments removes doubt and provides clear direction to businesses seeking to implement systems and training to stop bribery
From public submissions, the Committee will make recommendations to Parliament and produce a report by 4 May 2015.
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