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After Consent

Bri Lee, Lucia Osborne-Crowley, Amy Thunig & Saxon Mullins

Bri Lee, Saxon Mullins, Lucia Osborne-Crowley and Amy Thunig navigate recent changes to consent legislation and the implications for sexual freedom. Are changes to the law enough? What should justice look like? And how to get the next generation of people to be different?

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Law and culture: the latest in consent

New legislation is making its way through Australian state parliaments, enshrining the concept of "affirmative consent": an explicit, articulated, ongoing agreement to sexual activity.

Lawyer and author Bri Lee, writer Lucia Osborne-Crowley, and advocate for sexual assault law reform Saxon Mullins join Gamilaroi woman and education academic Amy Thunig in this informative exploration of the complex issues around consent - including the concerns of First Nations women and how racism intersects with misogyny. In the bedroom, on the streets, and in the courts, how do we reclaim our bodies from the impact of violence? And how can we restructure cultural respect for women's autonomy and rebuild boundaries to create a safe and loving world for us all to live in?

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Amy Thunig is a Gamilaroi yinarr (woman), mother, academic and writer residing on the unceded lands of the Awabakal people. Her research covers the intersection of Indigenous knowledge, sovereignty, and formal education. Recognised as the Emerging Female Leader in the Public Sector by Women's Agenda in 2019, she was also named an Emerging Leader by Future Women for International Women’s Day in 2020. Her first book, Tell Me Again, will be published in 2022.

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Lucia Osborne-Crowley is a journalist, essayist, writer, and legal researcher. Her news reporting has appeared in ABC News, Guardian, Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Women's Agenda. Her long-form writing has appeared in The Lifted Brow and Meanjin. Her second book, My Body Keeps Your Secrets, was published in 2021.

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Bri Lee is an author and freelance writer. Her journalism has appeared in publications such as The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, Guardian Australia and Crikey. Her first book, Eggshell Skull, won Biography of the Year at the ABIA Awards, the People's Choice Award at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, and was longlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize. She is also a non-practising lawyer and continues to engage in legal research and issues-based advocacy.

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Saxon Mullins is Director of Advocacy at Rape and Sexual Assault Research and Advocacy. In 2018 Saxon appeared on Four Corner’s episode ‘I am that girl’ where she gave up her anonymity to tell the story of her 2013 sexual assault and the subsequent criminal trials and appeals. The Four Corner’s episode resulted in the NSW Attorney-General asking the NSW Law Reform Commission to review the section of the NSW Crimes Act that deals with consent in relation to sexual assault and ultimately led to the NSW parliament passing affirmative consent laws in 2021. 

Saxon is passionate about igniting a conversation about enthusiastic consent not only in relation to how this is dealt with under the law, but also views about consent within society, particularly from young people.

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