Accused rapists named under new law

Queensland Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman says the laws were outdated. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Glenn Campbell

Accused rapists will no longer have the privilege of anonymity under a soon-to-be-amended law.

Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman has confirmed the proposed reforms to rape laws will be introduced to Queensland parliament soon.

“We know that these laws are based on outdated rape myths which are not appropriate in our modern criminal justice system,” a spokesperson for the Attorney-General said.

“The Attorney-General looks forward to introducing these amendments soon.”

The clock is ticking on Ms Fentiman’s promise to bring forward the amendments before June.

Queensland Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman will introduce the laws to parliament soon. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Glenn Campbell

“These prohibitions are based on rape myths, where women come forward and make up complaints,” she told The Courier-Mail in November last year.

“There is just no place for those myths anymore, anywhere in our system and certainly now in our laws.”

Queensland is the last state to provide accused rapists with anonymity from the moment they are charged until the moment that they are committed to stand trial in a higher court.

It can sometimes take years for a case to reach trial.

The law reform is one of 103 recommendations made by the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce that were approved by the state government.

A $225m funding package was pledged to support making them a reality.

Other recommendations backed by the Attorney-General include an affirmative consent model.

In the state of NSW – where the law was reformed last June – consent must be given through ongoing and mutual communication and can be withdrawn at any time during sexual intercourse.

The only other Australian jurisdiction that prohibits the naming of accused rapists until trial is the Northern Territory.