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Wednesday, 28 October 1914

Senator BLAKEY (Victoria) . - I am anxious to expedite the passage of this measure, but I think that Senator Senior is on the right track. To be consistent, if an offence under clause 73 is to carry a penalty of seven years, an offender under clause 75 should also be liable to imprisonment for that period. I am prepared to trust a Judge, who listens to the evidence, on every occasion. He is the man who will have to decide whether a person who has been found fraudulently guilty of an offence should be sentenced to imprisonment for seven years or for seven months. I support the attempt of Senator Senior to make this clause consistent with clause 73.

Amendment negatived.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 76-

Any person who-

(a)   personates any Commonwealth officer on an occasion when the latter is required to do any act or attend in any place by virtue of his office or employment; or

(b)   falsely represents himself to be a Commonwealth officer, and assumes to do any act or attend in any place for the purpose of doing any act by virtue of his pretended office or employment, shall be guilty of an offence.

Penalty : Imprisonment for two years.

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