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Wednesday, 26 April 1972
Page: 1337

Senator LITTLE - Can the AttorneyGeneral inform the Senate the minimum age established in Commonwealth law below which charges of carnal knowledge can be lodged against a male for engaging in sexual relations with the consent of the female partner? Now that the publication The Little Red Schoolbook' which has Federal Government aproval is being distributed in areas of Commonwealth jurisdiction, openly advocating sexual relations amongst school children, and as there is now evidence of distribution amongst primary as well as secondary school pupils, will the Federal Government be considering altering restrictive legislation so that 14- year old schoolboys, who accept the advice of the book to defy parents and engage in such relations with the consent of 12 or 13-year old schoolgirls, will be protected from prosecution under the criminal code?

Senator GREENWOOD - I regret that my detailed knowledge of this matter does not enable me to answer accurately the first question which the honourable senator has asked, but I can assure him that there is no intention on the part of the Government to so alter the law to give effect to the promiscuity which the honourable senator is saying will emerge from 'The Little Red Schoolbook'. I pass no comments on what may be the effect of that book on people who read it. However, I can assure the honourable senator that it is not the Government's intention to alter the law in the area about which he spoke.

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