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The other issue, which has probably not been fully sorted out yet, is the question of sexual conduct that leads to the infecting of another person with a communicable disease, particularly the HIV virus, which could lead to death. That issue is one that is yet to be resolved. At this stage, my understanding of the law is that it does not result in a person being guilty of an offence, certainly of murder or manslaughter; but that is a matter that may have to come back and be canvassed at some other stage in this place.
Mr Connolly raised a question to do with prosecutions failing where the exact age of a child could not be established when the charges were brought. I have information on that very question before me right now. I am told that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has advised that the loophole in regard to sexual assault has not been used to date. So, we are pre-empting such a move by taking advantage of this Bill to amend that problem. I thank members for their support and look forward to the Bill being passed.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.
Bill agreed to.
WORKERS COMPENSATION PROVISIONS - SELECT COMMITTEE
MR BERRY (12.10): I seek leave to move a motion regarding the establishment of a select committee on workers compensation provisions.
MR BERRY: I move:
(1) A Select Committee be appointed to inquire and report on the provision of workers compensation arrangements in the ACT Government Service including Territory Owned Corporations and Statutory Authorities. The Committee will include in its inquiry the following:
(a) the adequacy of the Commonwealth Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act in the ACT Government context;
(b) the management of the Act in the ACT Government context;