Coercive Powers of Royal Commissions

Date uploaded:
13 Feb 2018

A significant aspect of the attraction of Royal Commissions for governments is the suite of powers that they possess to inquire effectively into areas that previously may not have been the subject of effective scrutiny. For both entities and individuals the bases upon which findings and recommendations are arrived at is the evidence derived from a Royal Commission’s wielding of its coercive inquisitorial powers.
By Dr Ian Freckelton QC.

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