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Tuesday, 1 October 1974
Page: 1500

Senator MURPHY (New South WalesAttorneyGeneral and Minister for Customs and Excise) - Clause 14 reads

A person shall not present to an officer doing duty in relation to this Act or the regulations an account, book, document or other record, or make to such an officer a statement, that is false or misleading in a material particular.

All we are saying is that whether a person makes a statement in answer to a question or otherwise, in effect he is not to tell a lie.

Senator Drake-Brockman - Whether it is in answer to a question or anything else?

Senator MURPHY - Yes. As the clause reads, it covers anything else, anyway. It covers the position where a false statement is made to an officer, even if it is not in answer to a question. The amendment seeks to clarify the position by including statements made in answer to a question. There is nothing objectionable at all in that. It seems perfectly straight forward. I suggest, with respect, that the Bill will be improved if the Committee agrees to the amendments.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as amended, reported; report adopted.

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