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Published date: Wednesday 6 June 2018
One of the state’s largest ever criminal justice reform packages will be introduced into NSW Parliament today heralding a milestone for survivors of child sex abuse and delivering tough laws to crack down on paedophiles.
Attorney General Mark Speakman said the Criminal Legislation Amendment (Child Sexual Abuse) Bill 2018 implements a suite of measures recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
“The courage survivors have shown and continue to show in telling their stories never fails to astonish me. They are changing the way our laws respond to child sex abuse. That means today, survivors are helping to make history,” Mr Speakman said.
“The reforms I will speak to today better reflect community expectations and will assist in ensuring that perpetrators are held to account for their appalling abuse of children.”
Some of the key changes the NSW Government has introduced include:
NSW has already led the way in responding to the Royal Commission, including being one of the first states to opt into the National Redress Scheme.
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