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From Hard Labour to Spies v The Queen: Prosecuting Corporate Officers under the Crimes Act
Australian Law Journal (2001)
  • Alex Steel, University of New South Wales
Abstract
While the Australian Corporations Law appears to provide a comprehensive scheme for the criminal liability of directors, officers and auditors of corporations, State Crimes Acts have significant offences directly aimed at corporate officer wrongdoing. This article provides a detailed analysis of the elements of these offences, with a concentration on the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) and the High Court decision of Spies v The Queen (2000) 74 ALJR 1263. The article also places the offences in their historical context and examines the degree of use of the offences.
Keywords
  • directors offences,
  • corporate crime,
  • white collar crime
Disciplines
Publication Date
2001
Citation Information
Alex Steel. "From Hard Labour to Spies v The Queen: Prosecuting Corporate Officers under the Crimes Act" (2001) 75 Australian Law Journal 479. Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alex_steel/6