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Coalition says it will work with states to end ‘gay conversion therapy’

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Less than six months after Australia voted to legalise same-sex marriage, the topic of gay conversion “therapy” reared its head in Victoria. A proposal to debate the so-called treatment at the Liberal Party’s State Council was quashed by party president, Michael Kroger. By Marguerite Johnson and James Bennett, University of Newcastle The debate was to include discussion …

Steven Miles

Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles has said Queensland could become the second state in Australia to ban so-called “gay conversion” therapy. The dangerous and discredited practice was thrown into the spotlight two weeks ago after a Victorian branch of the Liberal party put forward a motion for the party’s upcoming state conference that called for …

Catherine King

Federal shadow health minister Catherine King has said a Labor government would seek to crack down on dangerous “gay conversion” therapies across Australia. Only Victoria currently has legislation outlawing the practice, but King told Fairfax Media it would be a “personal priority” for her in government to work with all states and territories to bring …

Greg Hunt Gay Conversion

A survivor of “gay conversion therapy” has called on federal Health Minister Greg Hunt to take action to ban the debunked and dangerous practice in Australia. In a combative interview with ABC Radio this week, Hunt said he didn’t support gay conversion therapy but drew criticism for expressing concern over the “constant view that nobody, …

Michael Kroger

Advocates have called on allies within the Victorian Liberal party to stand up against homophobic and transphobic motions put forward by conservatives for debate at the party’s upcoming state conference. On Monday, Victorian Liberal state president Michael Kroger (pictured) intervened to scrap a motion endorsing the practice of dangerous and discredited “gay conversion” therapy in …

Michael Kroger

The president of the Victorian Liberal Party has intervened to shut down a motion calling for parents to be able to access harmful and discredited “gay conversion” therapy for their children. On Sunday, The Age reported a motion that would have called for health practitioners to be allowed “to offer counselling out of same sex …

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The Victorian Government has urged the Turnbull Government to help states crack down on the dangerous and discredited practice of “gay conversion” therapy in Australia. The practice involves people suppressing or attempting to change their sexuality, and Victorian Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said the fact that it was difficult to track and regulate shouldn’t …

Psychologist

A Canadian psychiatrist who claimed he could “cure” patients of same-sex attraction has been found guilty of having sex with two of his male patients as part of the “treatment”. Dr Melvyn Iscove, who believes homosexuality is a “disorder” that can be “overcome”, was found guilty of sexual misconduct by Ontario’s medical regulator, the Toronto …

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An Australian survivor of so-called “gay conversion” therapy has launched a petition calling on the government to outlaw the discredited and dangerous practice. Petitioner Chris wrote on Change.org that the process was very damaging to his mental health, and others have been similarly affected. “Trying to ‘pray the gay away’ nearly killed me. I’m not …

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