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Abstract

Queensland was the first Australian state to enact anti-stalking legislation when it did so in 1993. That first attempt was criticised as unnecessarily complex, though it was nevertheless extensively utilised. Following an exhaustive consultation process, the original s 359A QCC has now been completely recast and a new Chapter 33A ‘Unlawful Stalking’ has been inserted into the Criminal Code (Qld). This article will examine the elements of this most recent legislative response to the anti-social behaviour known as stalking. The new model is a diligent and genuine effort to address past deficiencies in the law, to satisfy the concerns of victims and to take this crime of the nineties into the next century.

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