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2 February, 2014
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The Hon. LYLA ELLIOTT: […] This could apply equally to other areas of sexual activity. For example, a devout Roman Catholic heterosexual may have very strong objections to the use of the pill or other contraceptives on moral or religious grounds, but surely, in this day and age, that person would not dare to suggest that it be made a criminal offence for other people to use contraceptives.

The Hon. G. C. MacKinnon: It is in Southern Ireland.

The Hon. LYLA ELLIOTT: Well, not in modern countries.

The Hon. G. C. MacKinnon: Southern Ireland is regarded as a modern country.

The Hon. LYLA ELLIOTT: If such a law still exists there, it is a rather archaic and ridiculous law. I know such a law was in force in Southern Ireland at one time.

The Hon. G. C. MacKinnon: That was the only exception I could think of to your statement.

The Hon. LYLA ELLIOTT: If it still exists it is a repressive law. Is the Leader of the House suggesting that we should introduce it here?

The Hon. G. C. MacKinnon: No, I was just countering your statement.

The Hon. LYLA ELLIOTT: I am sure the Leader of the House would not want to place himself in a ridiculous position.

The Hon. G. C. MacKinnon: To be quite honest, I would not even want to visit Ireland.

The Hon. D. K. Dans: That is quite enough! The Bishop of Bunbury would not be pleased to hear you say that.

Subject: Criminal Code Amendment Bill (No. 2) [Legislative Council – Second Reading]

Date: 5 October 1977

Hansard reference: p. 1779 [online (pdf)]

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