On 11 September 2019, Attorney-General Christian Porter introduced the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Sexual Crimes Against Children and Community Protection Measures) Bill 2019 (Cth) (‘the Bill’) to the House of Representatives. The Bill was passed the House of Representatives on 15 October and was introduced to the Senate on 17 October. In his second reading speech, Mr Porter stated that the Bill is “an example of the government's commitment to protect children in Australia and overseas from the dangers of sexual exploitation and abuse and to improve justice outcomes for survivors of child sex offences”. If the Bill is passed by the Senate and receives assent it will initiate 4 major changes to the current framework for child sex offences which include:
On 28 November 2019, the Sexual Offences (Evidence and Procedure) Amendment Bill 2019 (NT) (the “Bill”) was introduced to NT’s Legislative Assembly (the “Assembly”) by the Hon Nicole Manison. The Bill was immediately referred to the Legislation Scrutiny Committee for report by 24 March 2020. The Bill proposes amendments to:
The Family Violence Legislation Reform Bill 2019 (WA) (the Bill) was introduced into the WA Parliament on Wednesday 27 November 2019 by Mr JR Quigley (the Attorney-General). In a Media Release, the Government has indicated that the reforms proposed by the Bill represent the “most comprehensive family violence law reform package ever seen in Western Australia” and “address a number of election commitments around family violence.”
The Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Amendment Bill 2019 (the Bill) was introduced in the WA Parliament on 26 September 2019, by WA Attorney-General, Mr JR Quigley, (the Attorney-General). In his media release of 25 September 2019, the Attorney-General said that the Bill would introduce a package of “amendments to existing legislation [that] will significantly change the way fines are enforced and recovered in WA”; as well as including proposed reforms that aim to “address over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the justice system and have a positive impact on the regions”.
In Fennell v The Queen  HCA 37 (reasons published 6 November 2019) the High Court of Australia has explained its unanimous decision to allow the appeal of the accused (the appellant) from the decision of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Queensland in R v Fennell  QCA 154 (21 July 2017). Previously on 11 September 2019, the High Court had quashed the appellant's conviction for murder and ordered that a verdict of acquittal be entered.
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