Unity and diversity in Australian criminal law : a comment on the draft Commonwealth Code
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Criminal law in Australia, as in most Federal countries, is a matter of regional jurisdiction. In addition, two distinct traditions exist in criminal law in Australia, that of the 'common law states' and the 'Code states'. The author examines the report of the Review Committee on Commonwealth Criminal Law (Cth) entitled 'Interim Report : Principles of Criminal Responsibilities and Other Matters' (1990), which deals with general principles of criminal culpability where the major divergences occur between the common law states and the code states. He focuses on the proposal for a new Commonwealth Criminal Code which would provide one general law of criminal culpability for all Commonwealth offences.