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CRIMES ACT 1914 - SECT 77

Interpretation

             (1)  In this Part, unless the contrary intention appears:

"article" includes any thing, substance or material.

"cipher" includes:

                     (a)  a code or cryptogram;

                     (b)  a system, method, device or machine whereby a cipher, code or cryptogram may be created; and

                     (c)  a code word, password or identification signal.

"information" means information of any kind whatsoever, whether true or false and whether in a material form or not, and includes:

                     (a)  an opinion; and

                     (b)  a report of a conversation.

"model" includes design, pattern and specimen.

"plan" includes a written record of a survey or of a bearing or measurement taken for the purpose of fixing the position of a place.

"sketch" includes a representation of a place or thing.

"the Commonwealth" includes the Territories.

             (2)  In this Part, unless the contrary intention appears:

                     (a)  expressions referring to obtaining, collecting, recording, using, having in possession, communicating, receiving or retaining include obtaining, collecting, recording, using, having in possession, communicating, receiving or retaining in whole or in part, and whether the thing or information itself, or only the substance, effect or description of the thing or information, is obtained, collected, recorded, used, possessed, communicated, received or retained;

                     (b)  expressions referring to obtaining or retaining any sketch, plan, photograph, model, cipher, note, document, article or information include copying or causing to be copied the whole or a part of the sketch, plan, photograph, model, cipher, note, document, article or information; and

                     (c)  expressions referring to the communication of any sketch, plan, photograph, model, cipher, note, document, article or information include the transfer or transmission, or the publishing, of the sketch, plan, photograph, model, cipher, note, document, article or information.

             (3)  A reference in the Part to a sketch, plan, photograph, model, cipher, note, document or article or to information shall be read as including a reference to a copy of, a part of or a copy of a part of a sketch, plan, photograph, model, cipher, note, document or article or information.

             (4)  For the purposes of this Part, a place that is occupied by, or a thing that is under the control of, the Commonwealth shall be deemed to belong to the Commonwealth.

             (5)  This Part applies to and in relation to a sketch, plan, photograph, model, cipher, note, document or article by whomsoever it is made and whatsoever information it contains.



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