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cooyar tragedy

Vintage Gay Panic Defence – The Cooyar Tragedy

On August 26, 1921, the trial proceeded in Toowoomba of Harry Dale for the murder of Fred Hawes. The 1920 murder known as the Cooyar Tragedy marks the first known use of gay panic defence in Australia.  Fred Hawes arrived in Australia from England in 1907. By 1915, he lived and worked in the foothills …

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South Australia finally abolishes gay panic murder defence

South Australia today became the final Australian state to abolish the gay panic murder defence. The South Australian government passed legislation to abolish the defence with support from the opposition and crossbench. Previously the defence could see a murder charge downgraded to one of manslaughter. A defendant only needed to prove that a homosexual advance …

South Australia Told To Scrap Archaic ‘Gay Panic’ Defence

The South Australian government should scrap the state’s so-called “gay panic” legal defence, according to a report from the state’s Law Reform Institute. The partial legal defence allows those accused of murder to attempt to reduce a charge down to manslaughter if they claim they “lost control” and the violence was “provoked” by an unwanted …

Tom Ballard Calls for Axing of Queensland's Gay Panic Laws

Watch: Celebrities call on Qld Govt to scrap ‘gay panic’

LGBTI celebrities have joined forces to demand the Queensland government introduce reforms to finally abolish the “gay panic” defence. The partial provocation defence – also known as the Homosexual Advance Defence – has been used by people accused of murder to claim they were provoked by an unwanted homosexual advance. A new video by Change.org …

queensland's gay panic defence The Boy With The Rainbow Umbrella at the Anywhere Festival

STAGE SHOW TAKES ON QUEENSLAND’S ‘GAY PANIC’ DEFENCE

A new queer stage show tackling Queensland’s ‘gay panic’ defence is coming to Brisbane’s Anywhere Festival this Thursday. The controversial legal defence allows people accused of murder to claim they were provoked to kill by an unwanted homosexual advance, and argue the charge down to manslaughter. A petition to abolish the defence started by Maryborough …

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LNP backs critical gay law reform

Queensland Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg and Shadow Attorney General Ian Walker announced this morning that the LNP will support, in principle, critical gay law reform in the state. They specified 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 …

Archbishop Phillip Aspinall gay panic defence

Archbishop Phillip Aspinall wants gay panic defence abolished

Archbishop of Brisbane Phillip Aspinall has joined the crusade to have Queensland’s gay panic defence abolished. Speaking after his Easter Sunday mass, Dr Aspinall said he supported Catholic priest Father Paul Kelly in his calls for the abolition of the Homosexual Advance Defence. The defence means a murder charge may be reduced to manslaughter if …