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CRIMES ACT 1914 - SECT 24AA

Treachery

             (1)  A person shall not:

                     (a)  do any act or thing with intent:

                              (i)  to overthrow the Constitution of the Commonwealth by revolution or sabotage; or

                             (ii)  to overthrow by force or violence the established government of the Commonwealth, of a State or of a proclaimed country; or

                     (b)  within the Commonwealth or a Territory not forming part of the Commonwealth:

                              (i)  levy war, or do any act preparatory to levying war, against a proclaimed country;

                             (ii)  assist by any means whatever, with intent to assist, a proclaimed enemy of a proclaimed country; or

                            (iii)  instigate a person to make an armed invasion of a proclaimed country.

             (2)  Where a part of the Defence Force is on, or is proceeding to, service outside the Commonwealth and the Territories not forming part of the Commonwealth, a person shall not assist by any means whatever, with intent to assist, any persons:

                     (a)  against whom that part of the Defence Force, or a force that includes that part of the Defence Force is or is likely to be opposed; and

                     (b)  who are specified, or included in a class of persons specified, by proclamation to be persons in respect of whom, or a class of persons in respect of which, this subsection applies.

             (3)  A person who contravenes a provision of this section commits an indictable offence, called treachery.

Penalty:  Imprisonment for life.

             (4)  In this section:

"proclaimed country " means a country specified by proclamation made for the purpose of this definition to be a proclaimed country, and includes any colony, overseas territory or protectorate of that country, or any territory for the international relations of which that country is responsible, which is a colony, overseas territory, protectorate or territory to which the proclamation is expressed to extend.

"proclaimed enemy " , in relation to a proclaimed country, means an enemy:

                     (a)  of and at war with a proclaimed country, whether or not the existence of a state of war has been declared; and

                     (b)  specified by proclamation made for the purpose of this definition to be an enemy of and at war with that country.

             (5)  A proclamation shall not be made for the purpose of the definition of proclaimed country , or for the purpose of the definition of proclaimed enemy , in subsection (4) except in pursuance of a resolution of each House of the Parliament passed within the preceding period of 21 days.



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