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Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

The submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee’s (the Committee) inquiry into the Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (the Bill) was prepared by the Law Council. 

The Law Council welcomes the Bill as an important part of implementing recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission).

The Law Council acknowledges that it is critical that survivors of sexual abuse are able to seek and obtain a criminal justice response to child sexual abuse. It is also vital that the criminal justice response adheres to fundamental rule of law and criminal justice principles. The Law Council’s submission is based on these principles.

On 18 March 2019, the Law Council wrote to the then Chair of the Committee in relation the previous version of the Bill, which lapsed when Parliament dissolved on 11 April 2019 (the lapsed Bill). In that earlier submission, the Law Council provided a number of comments on the proposed measures in the lapsed Bill, most of which are again set out in this submission, albeit updated to reflect changes in the current version of the Bill.

The Law Council makes the following key recommendations aimed at the improvement of the Bill:

You can read the full submission below.

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