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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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