I supported long awaited reforms to sexual consent laws, which set a new approach in criminal law to sexual offences around consent.
Consent can no longer be presumed, instead it requires ongoing and mutual communication, decision-making and free voluntary agreement. The law will also include express circumstances when consent does not exist such as when a person is too intoxicated to consent. The stronger focus on active consent better reflects community expectations that all people should be treated with respect and dignity, and given the opportunity to consent to sexual activity.
I supported amendments from the Greens that would have strengthened the affirmative approach but unfortunately they did not pass. I acknowledge the leadership of the Attorney General and the community liaison and consultation by Member for Newtown Jenny Leong.
My speech > HERE.