Social Policy Scrutiny Committee Inquiry into the Criminal Code Amendment (Intimate Images) Bill 2017 March 2018
Tabled paper 650
Tabled Papers for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Ngaree Ah Kit
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Introduction 11 1 Introduction Introduction of the Bill 1.1 The Criminal Code Amendment (Intimate Images) Bill 2017 (the Bill) was introduced into the Legislative Assembly by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, the Hon Natasha Fyles MLA, on 23 November 2017. The Assembly subsequently referred the Bill to the Social Policy Scrutiny Committee for inquiry and report by 13 March 2018.1 Conduct of the Inquiry 1.2 On 24 November 2017, the Committee called for submissions by 24 January 2018. The call for submissions was advertised via media release, the Legislative Assembly website, Facebook, Twitter feed and email subscription service. In addition, the Committee directly invited a number of individuals and organisations to provide a submission on the Bill. 1.3 As noted in Appendix A, the Committee received five submissions to its inquiry. The Committee held a public briefing with the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice on 31 January 2018 and a public hearing with eight witnesses in Darwin on 14 February 2018. Outcome of Committees Consideration 1.4 Sessional order 13(4)(c) requires that the Committee after examining the Bill determine: (i) whether the Assembly should pass the bill; (ii) whether the Assembly should amend the bill; (iii) whether the bill has sufficient regard to the rights and liberties of individuals; and (iv) whether the bill has sufficient regard to the institution of Parliament. 1.5 Following examination of the Bill, and consideration of the evidence received, the Committee is of the view that the Legislative Assembly should pass the Bill with the proposed amendments set out in Recommendations 2, 3, 4 and 5. Recommendation 1 The Committee recommends that the Legislative Assembly pass the Criminal Code Amendment (Intimate Images) Bill 2017 with the proposed amendments set out in Recommendations 2, 3, 4 and 5. 1 Parliamentary Record, (Hansard) and Minutes of Proceedings, 13th Assembly, Debates, 08/02/2018, https://parliament.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/482309/DEBATES-DAY-3-8-FEBRUARY-2018.pdf, pp. 4-8 https://parliament.nt.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/482309/DEBATES-DAY-3-8-FEBRUARY-2018.pdf