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Requirement to provide name etc.

             (1)  A police officer may request the person to provide the officer with the following details:

                     (a)  the person's name;

                     (b)  the person's residential address;

                     (c)  the person's reason for being in that particular Commonwealth place;

                     (d)  evidence of the person's identity.

             (2)  If a police officer:

                     (a)  makes a request under subsection (1); and

                     (b)  informs the person:

                              (i)  of the officer's authority to make the request; and

                             (ii)  that it may be an offence not to comply with the request;

the person commits an offence if:

                     (c)  the person fails to comply with the request; or

                     (d)  the person gives a name or address that is false in a material particular.

Penalty:  20 penalty units.

Note:          A more serious offence of obstructing a Commonwealth public official may also apply (see section 149.1 of the Criminal Code ).

             (3)  Subsection (2) does not apply if the person has a reasonable excuse.

Note:          A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code ).

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