—(1) A member shall have, in the performance of his duty as a member, the same protection and immunity as a Judge of the High Court.
(2) A person summoned to appear before a Tribunal as a witness shall have the same protection, and shall, in addition to the penalties provided by this Act, be subject to the same liabilities, in any civil or criminal proceedings as a witness in proceedings in the High Court.
[Aust. 1968, s. 171]
—(1) A person who has been summoned to appear as a witness before a Tribunal shall not, without lawful excuse, and after tender of reasonable expenses, fail to appear in obedience to the summons.
(2) A person who has been summoned to produce a document or article to a Tribunal shall not, without lawful excuse, and after tender of reasonable expenses, fail to produce the document or article.
(3) A person who appears before a Tribunal shall not, without lawful excuse, refuse to be sworn or to make an affirmation, or to produce documents or articles, or to answer questions, that he is required by the Tribunal to produce or answer.
(4) Any person who contravenes this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months.
[Aust. 1968, s. 172]
—(1) A person shall not —
insult or disturb a member in the exercise of his powers or functions as a member;
interrupt the proceedings of a Tribunal;
use insulting language towards a member;
create a disturbance or take part in creating or continuing a disturbance in or near a place where a Tribunal is sitting;
contravene or fail to comply with a direction of a Tribunal given under section 171(2)(b); or
do any other act or thing that would, if a Tribunal were a court of record, constitute a contempt of that court.
(2) Any person who contravenes any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months.
[Aust. 1968, s. 173]
—(1) A Tribunal may order that the costs of any proceedings before it incurred by any party, or a part of those costs, shall be paid by any other party and may tax or settle the amount of the costs to be so paid, or specify the manner in which they are to be taxed.
(2) Costs directed by a Tribunal to be paid to a party may be recovered by that party in any court of competent jurisdiction.
183. Without prejudice to any other method available by law for the proof of orders of a Tribunal, a document purporting to be a copy of such an order, and to be certified by the Secretary to the Tribunals to be a true copy of the order, shall be admitted in any proceedings, as evidence of the order.
[Aust. 1968, s. 175]