Age of consent

29 January 1892, Parliamentary Debates (Hansard)


Clause 4 – Defilement of girls under 14 years of age:

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL (Hon S. Burt) said that upon a reconsideration of the question of fixing the age of consent at fourteen, the Government came to the conclusion that this age was rather high, and they proposed to reduce it to twelve, which was the age adopted in Queensland.

1 thought on “Age of consent

  1. Anonymous

    Wow! Too high?? Pretty sure I was still watching cartoons and reading comics at fourteen, and wouldn’t have had a clue about consent…



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