On 11 December 2012, the Prime Minister announced that the Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, would coordinate efforts across Government to address female genital mutilation (female genital mutilation) in Australia. As part of this, the Prime Minister announced that the Commonwealth Attorney-General would conduct a review of Australia’s legislative framework. The review would consider whether existing legislative provisions are effective in comprehensively criminalising female genital mutilation. The purpose of this Report is to set out the findings of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Review of Australia’s female genital mutilation legal framework, for discussion by the Standing Council of Law and Justice at its meeting on 5 April 2013. Relevant Commonwealth, State and Territory agencies contributed to the development of this Report through a discussion paper, circulated on 1 February 2013.
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