Hold on, warns MARGARET CUNNEEN SC, in her talk addressing the Rule of Law Education Centre conference, The Presumption of Guilt, on June 15, 2021.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the NSW Government is about to barge through your bedroom doors,” began Margaret Cunneen SC, signalling her disapproval for proposed new laws requiring active and clear consent prior to sexual intercourse. It doesn’t even sound reasonable, profoundly misunderstanding human behaviour. Cunneen argues that complainants should not be referred to by police or the media as ‘victims’ unless a crime has been proven in court, and that “we can’t have greater fairness for complainants without compromising the rights of accused persons.”. But perhaps most tellingly, she says the new laws won’t change the dynamic of ‘he said / she said’ in the final analysis. And she has many thought provoking things to say.
Margaret Cunneen SC, former Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor (NSW) and now in private practice as a defence barrister, is President of the Rule of Law Education Centre, formed in 2009, an independent, non-partisan entity.