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Law Council of Australia


Current and proposed sexual consent laws in Australia

The Law Council of Australia provided a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee (the Committee) in relation to current and proposed sexual consent laws in Australia.

The Law Council has selectively addressed aspects of the Committee’s terms of reference, focussing on areas aligned with the specific skills and expertise of its Constituent Bodies and expert advisory committees.

The Law Council acknowledges the impetus for a national evaluation of sexual consent laws, which has been driven by some of the following recent developments, including but not limited to:

1 ‘I am that girl,’ Four Corners (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 8 May 2018).
2 Emma Brancatisano, ‘Consent education has reached an ‘important milestone’ in Australia. Here’s what experts want to see next,’ SBS News (Online, 9 March 2022).
3 Nina Funnell, #LetHerSpeak, ‘Why we advocate,’ (undated).


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