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Offences Against Morality

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The term “morality” generally refers to the acceptable moral standards of the society at the relevant time. By its nature, this standard changes over time. As an illustration, until it was repealed in 2002, it was an offence in Western Australia for two males to kiss in public. Due to the shift in the moral standards of society towards homosexuality, the offence was repealed and it is no longer against the law.

The following offences are still classified as offences that are “injurious to the public in general”. They are listed in the order in which they appear in the Criminal Code Act Compilation Act 1913 (WA).

Carnal Knowledge/ Carnal Connection

This term is used less frequently in current laws; however, it is still used in the context of some offences including some which are described in this section. “Carnal knowledge” is broadly defined as sexual penetration of another person and it includes penetration of the vagina or anus of a male or female. The term “carnal connection” is also used and has the same definition as “carnal knowledge”.

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