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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 7 Hansard (21 June) . . Page.. 2335..


Mr Humphries presented the following papers:

Ministerial Travel Report for the period 1 January to 31 March 2001.

Remuneration Tribunal Act, pursuant to section 12-Determinations, together with statements for:

Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly-Determination No 83, dated 8 June 2001.

Chief Executives and Executives-Determination No 84, dated 8 June 2001.

Full-time holders of public office-Determination No 85, dated 8 June 2001.

Part-time holders of public office (Commissioner for Public Administration)-Determination No 86, dated 8 June 2001.

Part-time holders of public office (Commissioner for Surveys)-Determination No 87 dated 8 June 2001.

Part-time holders of public office (Building and Construction Industry Training Fund Board)-Determination No 88, dated 8 June 2001.

Part-time holders of public office (ACT Government Procurement Board)-Determination No 89, dated 8 June 2001.

Mr Stefaniak presented the following papers:

ACT Law Reform Commission-Report No 17-Sexual Assault, dated April 2001.

Administration of Justice-Statistical profile-March 2001 quarter.

Laws relating to sexual assault

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education and Attorney-General): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a brief statement in relation to the laws relating to sexual assault.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: I am pleased to table the ACT Law Reform Commission's report on laws relating to sexual assault. The report represents the completion of the Commission's review of the territory's sexual assault laws.

The original reference to the ACT Community Law Reform Committee, as the Commission was then known, was made in January 1993. The Commission was asked to review the laws in force in the territory in relation to sexual assault and to report on desirable changes to existing laws, practices and procedures.

Members may recall that in September 1997 the Commission issued a lengthy discussion paper on sexual assault. This discussion paper, which was subsequently tabled in this Assembly, canvassed relevant issues and sought to dispel common misconceptions. It was intended to facilitate a more informed and constructive debate about the relevant issues.

In August 1998 this paper was followed up by a further discussion paper with a more specific legislative focus. Both of these papers generated a lot of interest and comment.

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