Section 237

I’m not sure it was wise admitting you were party to a meeting where your “friend” demanded “any benefit, pecuniary advantage, privilege, property, service, or valuable consideration” in return for handing over personal data of ACC claimants.

Section 237 of the Crimes Act is very interesting:

Blackmail

(1) Every one commits blackmail who threatens, expressly or by implication, to make any accusation against any person (whether living or dead), to disclose something about any person (whether living or dead), or to cause serious damage to property or endanger the safety of any person with intent—

  • (a) to cause the person to whom the threat is made to act in accordance with the will of the person making the threat; and
  • (b) to obtain any benefit or to cause loss to any other person.

(2) Every one who acts in the manner described in subsection (1) is guilty of blackmail, even though that person believes that he or she is entitled to the benefit or to cause the loss, unless the making of the threat is, in the circumstances, a reasonable and proper means for effecting his or her purpose.

(3) In this section and in section 239benefit means any benefit, pecuniary advantage, privilege, property, service, or valuable consideration.

Section 238 outlines the penalties:

Punishment of blackmail

  • Every one who commits blackmail is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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