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Wednesday, 27 October 1971
Page: 2649

Mr Enderby asked the Minister representing the AttorneyGeneral, upon notice:

(1)   Is a code of criminal laws for the Australian Capital Territory being prepared by the Attorney General's Department.

(2)   If so, does the proposed code effect substantial changes to many of the existing criminal laws of the Territory.

(3)   Are many of the changes related to matters of punishment and other serious controversial questions such as the kind of behaviour which should or should not be regarded as criminal.

(4)   Will he give an assurance that the code when it is introduced will be introduced by Bill and not by Ordinance and that there will be ample time allowed forit to be considered before being debated.

Mr N H Bowen (PARRAMATTA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - The AttorneyGeneral has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Yes. (2)-(4) The code deals with substantial matters of principle. The AttorneyGeneral said in the Senate on 25th August 1971 that legislation will be introduced by means of a Bill for an Act of the Parliament.

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