Implementing the Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce Report

Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce Report

Peter Black, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, chairs the Anti-Cyberbullying Advisory Committee for the Queensland Government. In November, the Implementing the Queensland Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce Report – November 2019 Progress Report was tabled in the Queensland Parliament.

The Report outlines that 19 of the 29 recommendations have been completed. The implementation of the 10 remaining recommendations are underway, with all recommendations on track for completion by the end of the implementation period (October 2020).

Ending Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy – Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

Additionally, at the request of the Health Minister, Peter worked with Queensland Health to convene the Ending Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy Roundtable.

Last week the Health Minister announced that the Queensland Government has accepted the Roundtable recommendations and introduced the Health Legislation Amendment Bill 2019. This Bill will amend the Public Health Act 2005 to prohibit conversion therapy.

We congratulate Peter on his contributions to these important outcomes.

Peter BlackAbout Peter Black

Peter is an Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, teaching and researching in internet law, media law and Australian Constitutional law.

Peter was the Queensland Director for Australian Marriage Equality and the Equality Campaign. He is also President of the Queensland AIDS Council, on the management committee of the LGBTI Legal Service, and is the LGBT representative on the Inclusive Brisbane Board.

You can learn more about Peter and his research and publications in his staff profile.

Law research to help victims of child abuse

Photograph of Ben Mathews

Professor Ben Mathews’s research on the law relating to child abuse and neglect has influenced legislative reform and policy development across Australia and internationally, including reforms to mandatory reporting laws and laws relating to civil claims for injury through child sexual abuse.

Mandatory reporting of suspected abuse

Each year, thousands of Australian children are sexually abused, causing lifelong psychological and social cost, and vast socioeconomic costs. Professor Mathews’s work was a key driver behind the enactment of the Child Protection (Mandatory Reporting—Mason’s Law) Amendment Bill 2016, which requires early childhood educators and carers to report suspected cases of child physical abuse and sexual abuse.

Reform of statute of limitations for civil claims

Until recently, survivors of child abuse had only three years after turning 18 in which to make a claim. The time limit, in addition to psychological injuries, made it almost impossible for survivors to bring civil claims. Professor Mathews recognised the need for change, and has worked systematically since 2003 to bring about reform across Australia.

Professor Mathews’s research was cited extensively by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2015, which recommended that the time limits for civil claims be removed. The time limit has now been abolished in seven states and territories, opening up the possibility for survivors to make civil claims.

A voice for the vulnerable

Find out more about Professor Mathews’s work in our research impact story, A voice for the vulnerable.