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Wednesday, 26 March 1941

Senator McLEAY (South Australia) (Postmaster-General) . - I move -

That thebill be now read a second time.

This is a bill to amend section 29b of the Crimes Act 1914-1937. That section makes it an offence to impose or endeavour to impose upon the Commonwealth by any untrue representation, made either verbally or in writing, with a. view to obtaining money or any other benefit or advantage. At first sight the words " made either verbally or in writing " may appear to cover all possible methods of making untrue representation, but that is not the case. An untrue representation resulting in fraud may be made by false conduct, and this would not be covered by the section by reason of the specific reference to the representation being made either verbally or in writing. The bill proposes to amend the section by omitting the words, " either verbally or in writing", and inserting in their stead the words, " in any manner whatsoever ". The bill is to be made retrospective to the 3rd September, 1939.

Debate (on motion by Senator Collings) adjourned.

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