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CRIMES ACT 1958 - SECT 9A

Treason


S. 9A(1) amended by Nos 37/1986 s. 9, 49/1991 s. 119(1)
(Sch. 2 item 6(a)(i)).

    (1)     A person who—

        (a)     kills the Sovereign, does the Sovereign any bodily harm tending to the death or destruction of the Sovereign or maims, wounds, imprisons or restrains the Sovereign;

S. 9A(1)(b) amended by No. 60/2013 s. 6(Sch. 2 item 1).

        (b)     kills the eldest child and heir apparent, or the Consort, of the Sovereign;

        (c)     levies war, or does any act preparatory to levying war, against the Commonwealth of Australia;

        (d)     assists by any means whatever, with intent to assist, an enemy at war with the Commonwealth of Australia, whether or not the existence of a state of war has been declared;

        (e)     instigates a foreigner to make an armed invasion of the Commonwealth or any Territory not forming part of the Commonwealth; or

        (f)     forms an intention to do any act referred to in a preceding paragraph of this subsection and manifests that intention by an overt act—

shall be guilty of an indictable offence, called treason, and liable to—

S. 9A(1)(a) inserted by No. 37/1986 s. 9, amended by No. 49/1991 s. 119(1)
(Sch. 2 item 6(a)(ii)), substituted as s. 9A(1)(g) by No. 48/1997
s. 60(1)(Sch. 1 item 7).

        (g)     level 1 imprisonment (life); or

S. 9A(1)(b) inserted by No. 37/1986 s. 9, amended by No. 49/1991 s. 119(1)
(Sch. 2 item 6(a)(iii)), re-numbered as s. 9A(1)(h) by No. 48/1997
s. 62(1).

        (h)     imprisonment for such other term as is fixed by the court—

as the court determines.

S. 9A(2) amended by Nos 49/1991 s. 119(1)
(Sch. 2 item 6(b)), 48/1997
s. 60(1)(Sch. 1 item 8).

    (2)     A person who—

        (a)     receives or assists another person who is to his knowledge guilty of treason in order to enable him to escape punishment; or

        (b)     knowing that a person intends to commit treason, does not give information thereof with all reasonable despatch to a constable or use other reasonable endeavours to prevent the commission of the offence

shall be guilty of an indictable offence.

Penalty:     Level 3 imprisonment (20 years maximum).

    (3)     On the trial of a person charged with treason on the ground that he formed an intention to do an act referred to in paragraph (a), (b), (c), (d) or (e) of subsection (1) of this section and manifested that intention by an overt act, evidence of the overt act shall not be admitted unless the overt act was alleged in the indictment.

Pt 1 Div. 1 Subdiv. (2) (Heading and s. 10) amended by Nos 9576 s. 11(1), 49/1991 s. 119(1) (Sch. 2 item 7), 48/1997 s. 60(1)(Sch. 1 item 9), 7/2008 s. 7(3)(b), repealed by No. 58/2008 s. 9.

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Pt 1 Div. 1 Subdiv. (3) repealed. [1]

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No. 6103 s. 15.

Pt 1 Div. 1 Subdiv. (4) (Heading and s. 15) amended by No. 9576 s. 11(1), substituted as Pt 1 Div. 1 Subdiv. (4)
(Heading and ss 15–31) by No. 10233 s. 8(2).

(4) Offences against the person

S. 15 substituted by No. 10233 s. 8(2).



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