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The Northern Territory government has moved to expunge the criminal records of people convicted of consensual homosexual activity prior to decriminalisation in the territory in 1984. Attorney-General Natasha Fyles introduced the legislation to parliament on Wednesday and said it was an important step towards righting past historical wrongs against the territory’s LGBTIQ community. “Across the …

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologised for historical discrimination against the country’s LGBTI community. “This is the devastating story of people who were branded criminals by the government – people who lost their livelihoods, and in some cases, their lives,” Trudeau said in the parliament. “Our laws made private and consensual sex between same-sex …

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The WA Government has apologised to hundreds of Western Australian men convicted under historical laws banning homosexual acts, with the state’s premier describing it as “active discrimination that ruined lives.” The state decriminalised consensual homosexual activity in March 1990 but those prosecuted under previous laws still have the convictions on their criminal records today, affecting …

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Gay Queensland men will now be able to apply to have their historical gay sex convictions expunged from their criminal records. Homosexual sex was decriminalised in Queensland in 1991, but men who were charged for consensual activity under several laws prior to that still hold the criminal convictions. On Tuesday night, the Queensland government passed …

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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 …

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