According to section 101.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995, a person who engages in a terrorist act is guilty of an offence carrying a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
Under section 100.1, terrorist act means an action or threat of action where:
a) the action falls within subsection (2) and does not fall within subsection (3); and
b) the action is done or the threat is made with the intention of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause; and
c) the action is done or the threat is made with the intention of:
a. coercing, or influencing by intimidation, the government of the Commonwealth or a State, Territory or foreign country, or of part of a State, Territory or foreign country; or
b. intimidating the public or a section of the public.
An act falls within subsection (2) if it:
a. causes serious harm that is physical harm to a person; or
b. causes serious damage to property; or
c. causes a person’s death; or
d. endangers a person’s life, other than the life of the person taking the action; or
e. creates a serious risk to the health or safety of the public or a section of the public; or
f. seriously interferes with, seriously disrupts, or destroys, an electronic system including, but not limited to:
i. an information system; or
ii. a telecommunications system; or
iii. a financial system; or
iv. a system used for the delivery of essential government services; or
v. a system used for, or by, an essential public utility; or
vi. a system used for, or by, a transport system.
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