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It beggars belief

15 October, 2009

The Northern Territory are ‘modernising’ their penalty system to meet increased inflation. This includes raising the maximum penalty for begging from $500 to $6500.

From the ABC:

The begging law comes under Section 56 of the Summary Offences Act.

It states: “Any person who … wanders abroad, or from house to house, or places himself in any public place, street, highway, court, or passage, to beg or gather alms, or causes or procures or encourages any child so to do … shall be guilty of an offence.”

Other parts of the Section 56, which will also incur fines up to $6500, include being in possession of a “deleterious drug” or consorting with criminals.

Maybe.

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