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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 …

the cooyar tragedy gay panic defence

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of The Cooyar Tragedy, perhaps Australia’s first example of gay panic defence. The newspapers of the day gave that name to the murder north of Toowoomba in 1920 of David Frederick Hawes (Fred). The man charged with the murder, Henry Arthur Dale (Harry), pleaded Not Guilty based on what we …

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 …

Queensland Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg and Shadow Attorney General Ian Walker have announced this morning that the LNP will 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 …