Grange wants sex offence committee to expedite its work
Gender Affairs Minister Olivia Grange has urged a parliamentary committee set up to review the Sexual Offences Act and related laws to move expeditiously to complete its work in response to increased gender-based violence and sexual abuse against children.
The committee last met in November 2014.
However, Grange has made it clear that the committee intends to take strong positions in its deliberations to strengthen the current laws governing child abuse.
The Joint Select Committee will be examining the Sexual Offences Act, the Offences Against the Person Act, the Domestic Violence Act and the Child Care and Protection Act.
Committee Chairman Delroy Chuck has emphasised the need for the country to put in place stronger legislation to strengthen law enforcement activities.
The committee has set February 1 and 8 to have its first meetings at which time agencies with responsibility for protecting children would be invited to make presentations.
The committee will also invite members of the public to make submissions.
Chuck wants deliberations to be complete within four to six months.
The Children’s Advocate and the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences Child Abuse are expected to be among the first government agencies to appear before the committee.