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Section 80.2C Criminal Code Act 1995
Advocating Terrorism

Section 80.2C of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) is Advocating Terrorism and is extracted below. If you require Expert Legal

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The Legislation

80.2C Advocating Terrorism

(1) A person commits an offence if:

(a) the person advocates:

(i) the doing of a terrorist act; or

(ii) the commission of a terrorism offence referred to in subsection (2); and

(b) the person engages in that conduct reckless as to whether another person will:

(i) engage in a terrorist act; or

(ii) commit a terrorism offence referred to in subsection (2).

Note: There is a defence in section 80.3 for acts done in good faith.

Penalty: Imprisonment for 5 years.

(2) A terrorism offence is referred to in this subsection if:

(a) the offence is punishable on conviction by imprisonment for 5 years or more; and

(b) the offence is not:

(i) an offence against section 11.1 (attempt), 11.4 (incitement) or 11.5 (conspiracy) to the extent that it relates to a terrorism offence; or

(ii) a terrorism offence that a person is taken to have committed because of section 11.2 (complicity and common purpose), 11.2A (joint commission) or 11.3 (commission by proxy).


(3) In this section:

“advocates” : a person advocates the doing of a terrorist act or the commission of a terrorism offence if the person counsels, promotes, encourages or urges the doing of a terrorist act or the commission of a terrorism offence.

“terrorism offence” has the same meaning as in subsection 3(1) of the Crimes Act 1914 .

“terrorist act” has the same meaning as in section 100.1.

(4) A reference in this section to advocating the doing of a terrorist act or the commission of a terrorism offence includes a reference to:

(a) advocating the doing of a terrorist act or the commission of a terrorism offence, even if a terrorist act or terrorism offence does not occur; and

(b) advocating the doing of a specific terrorist act or the commission of a specific terrorism offence; and

(c) advocating the doing of more than one terrorist act or the commission of more than one terrorism offence.

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