Summary Offences Act 1981

8 Publishing document or thing explaining manufacture of explosives, etc


Every person is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or a fine not exceeding $2,000 who, for the purposes of sale or distribution to the public, prints or publishes or makes any document or thing (not being a document or thing of a technical, scientific, literary, or artistic character) that describes or depicts the method of manufacture of any explosive device or incendiary device or restricted weapon (within the meaning of section 2 of the Arms Act 1983), or any part of any such device or weapon.


It is a defence in a prosecution under this section if the defendant proves that it was reasonable in all the circumstances to print or publish or make the description or depiction to which the prosecution relates.

Compare: 1927 No 35 s 34B; 1976 No 157 s 3

Section 8(1): amended, on 7 May 1999, by section 2(1) of the Summary Offences Amendment Act 1999 (1999 No 48).

Section 8(1): amended, on 1 January 1998, by section 7 of the Summary Offences Amendment Act 1997 (1997 No 97).