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Dishonestly Removing Postage Stamps or Postmarks

Dishonestly removing postage stamps or postmarks is an offence under section 471.4 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), which carries a maximum penalty of 12 months in prison.

To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:

  1. You removed a postage stamp affixed to, or printed on, and article, or you removed a postmark from a postage stamp that had previously been used for postal services, and
  2. You did so dishonestly.

‘Dishonesty’ is assessed according to the standards of ordinary people.

Duress and necessity are defences to the charge.

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