Proposals to strengthen the powers of the regulator for the auditing profession came under attack in parliament on Wednesday, with some companies and industry organisations arguing against providing a civil body with such wide-ranging authority. 

Among the provisions of the Auditing Profession Amendment Bill is to give the regulator, the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (Irba), powers to search and seize documents with a warrant if no consent has been obtained beforehand for this.

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