Facilitation Payments in International Business: A Proposal to Make Section 70.4 of the Criminal Code Workable
Australian Law Journal, February 2008
28 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2009
Date Written: March 7, 2008
Doing business abroad often requires the payment of minor sums to secure the provision of routine government services. Such payments are not meant to render Australian businesses liable under the provisions that make bribery of foreign public officials a crime in Australia. However under the present legislation the availability of this defence is often uncertain. This article argues it is time to revisit the language of the defence and for the government to offer some simple services that would assist Australian businesses operating abroad.
Keywords: Banking, Finance, Criminal Law, Procedure
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