Corporations Act 2001

CHAPTER 7 - FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS  

PART 7.10 - MARKET MISCONDUCT AND OTHER PROHIBITED CONDUCT RELATING TO FINANCIAL PRODUCTS AND FINANCIAL SERVICES  

Division 3 - The insider trading prohibitions  

Subdivision B - The prohibited conduct  

SECTION 1043M   DEFENCES TO PROSECUTION FOR AN OFFENCE  

1043M(1)   [ Defence if facts and circumstances exist]  

In a prosecution of a person for an offence based on subsection 1043A(1) or (2) , it is not necessary for the prosecution to prove the non-existence of facts or circumstances which, if they existed, would, by virtue of section 1043B , 1043C , 1043D , 1043E , 1043F , 1043G , 1043H , 1043I , 1043J or 1043K , preclude the act or omission from constituting a contravention of subsection 1043A(1) or (2) , as the case may be, but it is a defence if the facts or circumstances existed.

Note: A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the facts or circumstances. See subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code .

1043M(2)   [ When information became known]  

In a prosecution brought against a person for an offence based on subsection 1043A(1) because the person entered into, or procured another person to enter into, a transaction or agreement at a time when certain information was in the first-mentioned person's possession:


(a) it is a defence if the information came into the first-mentioned person's possession solely as a result of the information having been made known as mentioned in subparagraph 1042C(1) (b)(i); and


(b) it is a defence if the other party to the transaction or agreement knew, or ought reasonably to have known, of the information before entering into the transaction or agreement.

Note: A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matters referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b). See subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code .

1043M(3)   [ Communicating information]  

In a prosecution against a person for an offence based on subsection 1043A(2) because the person communicated information, or caused information to be communicated, to another person:


(a) it is a defence if the information came into the first-mentioned person's possession solely as a result of the information having been made known as mentioned in subparagraph 1042C(1) (b)(i); and


(b) it is a defence if the other person knew, or ought reasonably to have known, of the information before the information was communicated.

Note: A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matters referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b). See subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code .


 

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