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Sexual consent laws to be reviewed

Have your say on whether the sexual consent provisions in the Crimes Act should be amended to better protect victims.

The Attorney General has asked the NSW Law Reform Commission to review and report on consent and knowledge of consent in relation to sexual assault offences, as dealt with in section 61HA of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).

The review will consider sexual assault research and expert opinion, as well as community views, and developments in law, policy and practice in Australia and internationally.

The Attorney General initiated the review after a woman endured two trials and two appeals with no final resolution. The proceedings centred on the issues of consent and the accused’s knowledge of whether the complainant consented, which the review will consider.

Submissions close Friday 29 June, 2018.

For further information and to make a submission.