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AUSTRALIAN PASSPORTS ACT 2005 - SECT 29

Making false or misleading statements in relation to Australian travel documents

  (1)   A person commits an offence if:

  (a)   the person makes a statement (whether orally, in writing or any other way) to another person; and

  (b)   the statement:

  (i)   is false or misleading; or

  (ii)   omits any matter or thing without which the statement is misleading; and

  (c)   the statement is made in, or in connection with:

  (i)   an application for an Australian travel document; or

  (ii)   an Australian travel document.

Penalty:   Imprisonment for 10 years or 1,000 penalty units, or both.

  (2)   Subsection   (1) does not apply:

  (a)   as a result of subparagraph   (1)(b)(i)--if the statement is not false or misleading in a material particular; or

  (b)   as a result of subparagraph   (1)(b)(ii)--if the statement did not omit any matter or thing without which the statement is misleading in a material particular.

Note:   The defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matters in subsection   (2). See subsection   13.3(3) of the Criminal Code .


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