Tamworth man accused of using social media to advocate violence against politicians

An NSW man has been accused of using social media platforms to advocate acts of terrorism and violence against prominent Australian politicians.

It is alleged that Wade Homewood, 37, was a prolific user of social media and posted a large volume of extremist content, urging violence against people he chose for their race, profession or views policies.

The ABC understands that Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews were among those targeted.

The NSW Police Joint Counterterrorism Team began investigating the farm worker in September after identifying a number of potentially criminal positions.

This week, police raided a house in Tamworth, where Mr Homewood lives with his parents, as well as two semi-rural blocks in the area, seizing a number of electronic devices and a collection of handwritten and printed documents.

Yesterday officers arrested Homewood and charged him with one count of calling for violence against members or groups and one count of calling for terrorism.

Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

He appeared in Tamworth local court today, where he was denied bail.

Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Scott Lee said police acted out of fear that the man’s alleged online activity could incite others to commit acts of violence.

“The amount of the man’s posts on the online forums was similar to the actual content of the post, leading to the very real fear that he would inspire someone to commit a violent or terrorist act,” he said.

The man will reappear in the local court in Parramatta on December 10.

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