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Improving Black Economy Enforcement and Offences

The submission to the Treasury regarding the Black Economy Taskforce (the Taskforce’s) recommendation to introduce a modern offences regime to tackle the black economy as set out in the Improving Black Economy Enforcement and Offences Consultation Paper dated 22 November 2018 was prepared by the Law Council of Australia. 

In this brief submission, the Law Council seeks to draw the Treasury’s attention to a particular recommendation of the Taskforce that is of concern. Recommendation 8.3 provides that the onus of proof should be reversed for some black economy offences to reduce barriers to prosecuting such offences. Accordingly, the Law Council provides comments on the feasibility and implications of reversing the legal onus of proof for some element of black economy offences.

You can read the full submission below.

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