Policy: 1989 Brief


CM. 22.11.89
That the age of consent for homosexual acts between males be lowered to 16 years.


CM. 26.4.89

That the police computerised criminal record system should be audited (by NSW Privacy Committee) to ensure that all confidential medical information has been deleted.

CM. 18.1.89


  • No mandatory testing be adopted as policy;
  • Testing and confidentiality be adopted as policy;
  • The Council expresses its concern at the trend to interpret the Bail Act in respect of refusal of bail for persons suffering from AIDS on the ground that they are a danger to society;
  • Medical information on police records be confidential;
  • CCL opposes the inclusion in a citizen's criminal antecedents of his/her medical record.


Majority Jury Verdicts (CM. 22.2.89)
That CCL expresses its continuing opposition to any change from unanimous jury verdicts in criminal trials.


Committals (CM. 26.4.89)
That committal proceedings are an essential part of the administration of our criminal
justice system.

DNA Testing (CM. 27.9.89)
That the CCL recommends that:

  • Section 353A (2) of the Crimes Act (NSW) should be amended so that all non-consensual medical examinations and body cavity searches are conducted in a way that complies with the recommendations of the Australian Law Reform Commission in its report on Criminal Investigation (1975: paras 130-133) and Privacy (1983: paras 172, 1107-1112);
  • Section 353A(2) authorises non-consensual blood tests on persons in custody accused of (any crime or offence). The test is authorised by a police officer of or above the rank of sergeant;
  • The Council proposes that all non-consensual medical tests, including tests done on persons in custody, in relation to gathering evidence for an offence, be conducted as follows: Existing powers of search connected with arrest and search warrants do not authorise officers to undertake non-consensual medical examinations;
  • s.353A (2) Crimes Act should be repealed;
  • Judicial authorisation must be obtained before any non-consensual medical test or body cavity examination; Authorisation may be made by a Magistrate or Judge, but not by a Justice of the Peace;
  • Authorisation may only be granted where there is reasonable cause to suspect that evidence of the commission of an offence, or the likely commission of an offence, will be obtained by that examination or test;
  • Authorisation for non-consensual tests or examinations may only be granted in cases where there is a 'serious offence' suspected. 'Serious offence'; is defined as an offence carrying a penalty of seven or more years imprisonment;
  • (This would cover sexual assaults, except for indecent assault). The Australian Law Reform Commission notes that body searches are more intrusive that telephone tapping, and so should have at least the same procedural requirements as telephone tapping (1983: bpara 1112);
  • There should be appropriate privacy guidelines relating to the storage and release of information collected during body tests, including DNA tests. The same privacy projections as set out in the Commonwealth Privacy Act would be appropriate, especially as any DNA data bank is likely to have national input and usage;
  • That it is the firm view of this Council that the safeguards should be no less in the case of persons under constraint and in custody.


Industrial Commission NSW (CM. 24.5.89)
That the right of the individual to approach the NSW Industrial Commission relates to existing causes of action as well as to future causes of action.


ICAC Phone tapping powers (CM. 27.9.89)

That the CCL opposes any proposals by the NSW Government to ask the Federal Government to extend telephone tapping powers to ICAC.


Bail (Amendment) Bill 1989 (CM. 26.7.89)

That CCL calls upon the Government and Opposition parties to delete proposed new s.22A. Alternatively, the CCL recommends that if the proposed