Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Provocation repeal advances

The Crimes (Provocation Repeal) Amendment Bill was up for first reading yesterday, but thanks to the urgent debate on the SAS deployment, I was not expecting it to go through. Turns out I was wrong - the government interrupted its business at around 9 to deal with it, and the bill passed its first reading with unanimous support. It will now go to the Justice and Electoral select committee, who will report it back in October. The bill should become law by the end of the year.