Renaming sexual offences - Have your say
The Tasmanian Government is committed to providing opportunities for community involvement in the development of Government policy and we are seeking your input on renaming sexual offences in Chapter XIV of the Criminal Code Act 1924.
The Tasmanian Government has committed to reviewing the language used in the crime of ‘Maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person’ contrary to Section 125A of the Criminal Code. There is legitimate concern that the language used to describe this crime, and other sexual crimes in Chapter XIV, sanitises the true nature of these offences.
The Government has released a Paper proposing changes to the Chapter title and names of some of the sexual offences that may no longer reflect community expectations and understanding.
How to make a submission
We must receive all written submissions on the Proposal Paper must be received by 5:00pm on Friday 7 February 2020
You can make your submission either online, by email or by post.
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Mail your submission to
Department of Justice
Office of the Secretary
GPO Box 825
Hobart TAS 7001
Other than indicated below, submissions will be treated as public information and will be published on our website at https://www.justice.tas.gov.au/community-consultation
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