Section 474.24A of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) is Aggravated Child Abuse Material and is extracted below.
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474.24A Aggravated offence—offence involving conduct on 3 or more occasions and 2 or more people
(1) A person commits an offence against this section if:
(a) the person commits an offence against one or more of the following provisions on 3 or more separate occasions:
(i) section 474.19 (using a carriage service for child pornography material);
(ii) section 474.20 (possessing etc. child pornography material for use through a carriage service);
(iii) section 474.22 (using a carriage service for child abuse material);
(iv) section 474.23 (possessing etc. child abuse material for use through a carriage service); and
(b) the commission of each such offence involves 2 or more people.
Penalty: Imprisonment for 25 years.
(2) There is no fault element for any of the physical elements described in paragraph (1)(a) other than the fault elements (however described), if any, for the offence against section 474.19, 474.20, 474.22 or 474.23.
(3) To avoid doubt, a person does not commit an offence against section 474.19, 474.20, 474.22 or 474.23 for the purposes of paragraph (1)(a) if the person has a defence to that offence.
Offence or conduct need not be the same
(4) For the purposes of subsection (1), it is immaterial whether the offence, or the conduct constituting the offence, is the same on each occasion.
Double jeopardy etc.
(5) A person who has been convicted or acquitted of an offence (the aggravated offence) against this section may not be convicted of an offence against section 474.19, 474.20, 474.22 or 474.23 in relation to the conduct that constituted the aggravated offence.
(6) Subsection (5) does not prevent an alternative verdict under section 474.24B.
(7) A person who has been convicted or acquitted of an offence (the underlying offence) against section 474.19, 474.20, 474.22 or 474.23 may not be convicted of an offence against this section in relation to the conduct that constituted the underlying offence.
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