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Supplementary submission: Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

On 27 August 2019, the Law Council appeared before the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs (the Committee) as part of its inquiry into the Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (the Bill).

This supplementary submission addresses two issues that were raised by the Committee during the Law Council’s appearance. The first question raised by Senator the Hon Kim Carr related to whether there are professions other than lawyers who might be exempted from the duty to protect under proposed section 273B.4 and the duty to report imposed by proposed section 273B.5 of the Bill.

The second question on notice from Senator Carr concerned whether the Bill should be amended and strengthened so that further categories of offences could be created in relation to the manufacturing, importation and supply of child-like sex dolls, in addition to what the Law Council considers to be the less serious offence of possession simpliciter of such a doll.

You can read the full submission below.

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