The Australian Government has re-listed Islamic State East Asia as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code.
The Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said the decision to re-list Islamic State East Asia reflected the Government’s continued commitment to strong laws for the protection of Australians, both here and overseas.
“The Government reviews the listing of terrorist organisations to respond to changing circumstances and to ensure the effective prosecution of terrorists,” Mr Dutton said.
Islamic State East Asia is an Islamic State affiliate that conducts terrorist attacks against military and civilian targets in the Philippines.
The re-listing of Islamic State East Asia ensures that all terrorist organisation offences continue to apply to this organisation. Offences relating to terrorist organisations attract penalties of up to 25 years’ imprisonment.
“Based on advice from our security agencies, I am satisfied this terrorist organisation continues to meet the criteria for listing under the Criminal Code,” Mr Dutton said.
The Government currently lists 27 terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code.
Further details regarding the listing of terrorist organisations can be found at www.nationalsecurity.gov.au.