Monday, 22 March 2021
Media release

New terrorist organisation listed

The Morrison Government has made regulations to list the Sonnenkrieg Division (SKD) for the first time as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal​ Code.

Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said the decision to list the Sonnenkrieg Division reflected the Government’s commitment to stamping out violence and extremism of all kinds, regardless of ideology or motivation.

“SKD adheres to an abhorrent, violent ideology that encourages lone-wolf terrorist actors who would seek to cause significant harm to our way of life and our country,” Mr Dutton said.

“Members of SKD have already been convicted of terrorist offences in the United Kingdom, including encouraging terrorism, preparing for a terrorist attack and possession and dissemination of terrorist material.

“SKD’s active promotion and encouragement of terrorism has the potential to inspire extremists across the world, and the availability of SKD propaganda online throughout the pandemic has provided fertile ground for radicalisation.”

The listing of the SKD enables all available terrorist offences and penalties to apply to this organisation.

Offences relating to terrorist organisations attract penalties of up to 25 years’ imprisonment. The Government currently lists 26 terrorist organisations under the Criminal Code.