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Extraordinary Meeting of Attorneys-General

Media Release

An extraordinary Meeting of Attorneys-General progressed a number of key reforms focused on the Respect@Work report, coercive control and criminal justice response to sexual assault.

Led by Australian Attorney-General, Michaelia Cash, the meeting brought together Attorneys-General from states and territories.

"I called for this additional Meeting of Attorneys-General so that we could come together and continue to progress the significant work being done in a range of areas across jurisdictions," the Attorney-General said.

Key outcomes included:

  • Progressing the implementation of a number of recommendations of the Respect@Work report
  • Agreeing to co-design national principles to develop a common understanding of coercive control and consider matters in relation to criminalisation
  • Working together to develop a plan of work on criminal justice responses to sexual assault.

The Attorney-General said the meeting advanced proposals critical to keeping women safe.

"We know we must do more to tackle violence against women and children," she said.

"That is why I called this extraordinary meeting to progress the work on strengthening our justice system to help victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment and coercive control.

"This is a matter of national importance and it needs a national response.

"I would like to thank jurisdictions for their participation and the work that the states and territories are doing to ensure these critical issues are addressed," the Attorney-General said.

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