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Abstract

On 20 September 2007, the Howard Government rushed through Parliament legislation which retroactively amended the Australian Crime Commission Act 2002 (Cth) (‘the Act’). The reason the amending legislation was introduced can be traced to procedural bungles by the Australian Crime Commission (‘ACC’) in undertaking investigations as part of Project Wickenby. According to a July 2006 release from the office of Federal Treasurer Peter Costello, ‘Project Wickenby is a multi‐agency taskforce set‐up in 2004, with funding of $305.1 million over seven years, to investigate internationally promoted tax arrangements that allegedly involve tax avoidance or evasion, and in some cases large‐scale money‐laundering’. Project Wickenby is a multi agency taskforce, involving officers from the Australian Taxation Office (‘ATO’), the ACC, the Australian Federal Police (‘AFP’), the Australian Securities Investments Commission (‘ASIC’), and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, supported by AUSTRAC, the Attorney General’s Department and the Australian Government Solicitor

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