QUEENSLAND MOVES (SLOWLY) TO EXPUNGE GAY SEX CONVICTIONS


The Palaszczuk Government has acted on its pre-election commitment by tasking the Queensland Law Reform Commission (QLRC) with recommending the best way to expunge the state’s “archaic” gay sex convictions.

In announcing the move, Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said hundreds of people were affected by the laws that should never have existed in the first place.

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“We will do this. This is long overdue. This is about righting the wrongs of the past,” she said.

Ms D’Ath confirmed there were 464 convictions and more than 500 cases before the courts in relation to specific offences within the Criminal Code at the time.

“However it is possible that some people were charges with offences outside of those, such as rape,” she said.

“One of the case studies are that individuals would actually plead guilty to a non-consensual act because the moment they said it was consensual their partner was also charged.

“It is complex but we are absolutely determined to do it.”

On May 21 last year, Queensland Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg and Shadow Attorney-General Ian Walker announced that the LNP would support, in principle, the removal of the gay panic defence and the repealing of historical convictions of gay men in Queensland who were charged with engaging in consensual homosexual acts prior to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1990.

It has taken almost eight months since then for the Queensland Labor Government to announce they will ask the QLRC to report back on the recommended changes by August 31.

We can only hope the government will also prioritise the other outstanding issues of the gay panic defence and the age of consent for anal sex.

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1 Comment

  1. Expunging Gay Sex Crimes
    14 January 2016
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    I was lucky enough to be at the announcement by the Queensland Attorney General. The steps announced by the AG are heartily welcomed.

    Having personally been caught up in these laws I know first hand the devastating effect they can have on individuals. My story was one of those used as a case study in a submission prepared by tireless advocates for law reform in this area. It is because of them and the others who joined me in sharing our stories that the politicians have heard us and this step forward has been possible.

    If you have been effected by these laws, please come forward and share your experiences with the people at the LGTBI Legal Service. You will be helped by a group of loving, caring, sympathetic, understanding and totally amazing people secure in the knowledge that they will honor your confidentiality.

    Let’s take this next step forward together.

    Alan R.

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