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Thursday, 15 May 1980
Page: 2275

Senator RYAN - Will the Attorney-General tell the Senate what progress has been made by his Department in developing a new ordinance for the Australian Capital Territory to reform laws relating to rape and sexual offences?

Senator DURACK - I can answer that question only in general terms and subject to the qualification that something may have occurred during my absence which I have not yet caught up with. The last advice I had was that there was pretty good progress in this matter. I was asked a question, probably by Senator Ryan, sometime ago and I explained what was happening. I had seen some little time ago one of the earlier drafts of an ordinance on the subject. Work has been progressing, I understand, fairly satisfactorily. In the light of the honourable senator's question, I will inquire as to the up-to-date position and provide her with a fuller and more detailed reply as soon as possible.

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