Tamworth man charged with advocating terrorism via social media

A Tamworth man has been charged with urging violence and advocating terrorism following an investigation by the NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team.

The 37-year-old man was taken into custody by detectives at his home around 4.30pm on Tuesday.

Police allege the man was a consistent user of social media platforms, where he urged force or violence against groups of people, which he identified by race, political viewpoints and occupation.


“It will also be alleged that he advocated violent acts against several Australian political leaders,” NSW Police said.

His arrest comes after counter-terror investigators raided a property in Tamworth and two semi-rural blocks in the area over the past two days, seizing a number of electronic devices and a variety of handwritten and printed material.

The man has been charged with one count of urging violence against members or groups, and one count of advocating terrorism.

Each offence carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.

The man appeared at Tamworth Local Court today and was refused bail to reappear in Parramatta Local Court on 10 December.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Scott Lee said investigators acted as there was “sufficient concern that the man’s allegedly criminal messages online might inspire other people to commit violent acts against members of the community”.

“This man’s quantity of messages on online forums was of similar concern to the actual content of the messages – resulting in the very real fear that it would inspire someone to commit a violent or terrorist act,” he said.

Police have confirmed that there is no ongoing threat to the community.