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Demand for surrender of debtor's Australian travel document

             (1)  An officer may demand that a person surrender an Australian travel document to the officer if the officer suspects on reasonable grounds that the person owes money to the Commonwealth in respect of:

                     (a)  expenses incurred by the Commonwealth on behalf of the person in a foreign country; or

                     (b)  money lent to the person by the Commonwealth when the person was outside Australia; or

                     (c)  expenses incurred by the Commonwealth in, or in connection with, effecting the person's departure from a foreign country.

             (2)  A person commits an offence if:

                     (a)  an officer demands under subsection (1) that the person surrender the person's Australian travel document; and

                     (b)  the officer informs the person that the officer is authorised to make the demand; and

                     (c)  the officer informs the person that it may be an offence not to comply with the demand; and

                     (d)  the person has possession or control of the document; and

                     (e)  the person fails to surrender the document to the officer immediately.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for 1 year or 20 penalty units, or both.

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