Inquiry into Criminal Liability for Actions Performed in a State of Self-induced Intoxication

Selected Readings


Blokland, Jenny, “Dangerous Acts: A Critical Appraisal of Section 154 of the Northern Territory Criminal Code", (1995) 19 Crim LJ, 74.

Goode, Matthew, "Some Thoughts on the Present State of the "Defence" of Intoxication", (1984) 8 Crim LJ 104.

Leader-Elliott, Ian, "Voluntariness, Intoxication and Fault", (1991) 15 Crim LJ 112.

Ridgway, Peter, "Intoxication, Intention and the Role of the Expert Witness", Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law, vol 3, no 4, Dec 1996.


Criminal Law Officers, Committee of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General, Model Criminal Code: Chapter 2 – General Principles of Criminal Responsibility, Final Report, December 1992.

The Law Commission, (England and Wales), Legislating the Criminal Code: Intoxication and Criminal Liability, February, 1995.

Law Reform Commissioner of Tasmania, Insanity, Intoxication and Automatism, Report No. 61, 1989.

Law Reform Commission of Victoria, Criminal Responsibility: Intention and Gross Intoxication, Report No 6, November 1986.

New South Wales Law Reform Commission, Partial Defences to Murder: Diminished Responsibility, May 1997.

South Australian Attorney-General’s Office, Intoxication and Criminal Responsibility, Discussion Paper, July 1998.

Legislation and Related Materials


Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

Criminal Code Amendment Bill 1997, Second Reading Speech, 3/12/97, p 10,226.

Criminal Code Amendment Bill 1997, Hansard, 5/3/98.

Criminal Code Amendment Bill 1997, Explanatory Memorandum.

Criminal Code Amendment Bill 1997, Passage History, Bills Digest No. 132,1997-98.

Criminal Code Amendment Act 1998 (Cth).

Vanstone, Amanda, Drunks Defence Removed, Media Release, 25/3/98.

Vanstone, Amanda, Government to Ensure Early Removal of Drunk’s Defence, Media Release, 2/12/97.

Williams, Daryl, States Urged to Dump Drunk’s Defence, News Release, 29/10/97.


Crimes (Amendment) Bill (No 6) 1997 (ACT), Hansard, Week 12, 12/11/97, p 4009.

Humphries, Gary, Intoxication Defence, Hansard, Week 12, 13/11/97, p 4063.

Crimes (Amendment) Bill (No. 4) 1998 (ACT).

Crimes (Amendment) Bill (No. 4) 1998 (ACT), Explanatory Memorandum.

Crimes (Amendment) Bill (No. 4) 1998, Hansard, Week 3, 28/5/98, p 704.

Humphries, Gary, Government to Outlaw ‘Drunk’s Defence’, Media Release, 28/5/98.

New South Wales

Criminal Legislation Further Amendment Bill 1995 (NSW), Explanatory Note.

Criminal Legislation Further Amendment Bill 1995 (NSW), Second Reading Speech, Hansard, 6/12/95, p 4278.

Criminal Legislation Amendment Act 1996 (NSW) - pdf file 120.82Kb.

Crimes Amendment (Diminished Responsibility) Act 1997 (NSW).

Mullen, Vicki, "Intoxication and Criminal Responsibility", Briefing Paper No 30/95.

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