Attorney-General Announces Amendments To Criminal Code Act

Attorney-General Announces Amendments To Criminal Code Act

Tasmania Attorney-General Vanessa Goodwin

Amendments To Criminal Code Act

Victor P Taffa

Hodgman Government has today released for public consultation a draft Bill to amend the Criminal Code Act 1924.

Criminal Code Act 1924 Amendment Bill, that follows the approaches of other Australian jurisdictions, introduces amendments to the Criminal Code to modernise rape and penetrative sexual crimes to reflect modern community standards.

Criminal Code Act 1924 Amendment Bill will bring the Tasmanian criminal law into line with the recommendations made in the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Report into Family Violence in relation to penetrative sexual offences

As the Bill broadens the types of penetrative crimes captured by the crime of rape, the existing crime of aggravated sexual assault is no longer required and will be repealed.

Closing date for the consultation process is Friday 3 February 2017.