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SA Government introduces bill to abolish ‘gay panic’ defence

SA Government introduces bill to abolish ‘gay panic’ defence

The South Australian Liberal Government has just introduced a Bill to state parliament that could see the end of the ‘gay panic’ defence in Australia. The legislative relic allows for criminal charges to be downgraded for a killer, if the victim was of the same gender and flirting with the attacker, under the umbrella of “provocation”. […]

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Campaign launched to repeal ‘gay panic’ defence in South Australia

Campaign launched to repeal ‘gay panic’ defence in South Australia

LGBTQIA+ advocates have launched a petition to fight a relic of South Australian law, known colloquially as the ‘gay panic’ defence. The law allows for criminal charges to be downgraded for a killer, if the victim was of the same gender and flirting with the attacker. “Laws that legitimise and excuse violent and lethal behaviour […]

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Australian Christian Lobby against removal of ‘gay panic’ defence

The Australian Christian Lobby has appeared before a parliamentary committee in Queensland to argue against the removal of ‘gay panic’ defences from the state’s legal system. ‘Gay Panic’ defences have been used in the past to justify violent murders and assaults because the defendants has claimed that they believed the victim was a homosexual person […]

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Gay Panic in Queensland

  The Gay Panic Defence has attracted negative attention in Queensland, with calls for it to be abolished as a justifiable defence for murder. The Gay Panic Defence refers to the situation where a heterosexual charged with the murder of a homosexual – can justify their attack on a panic triggered by unwanted sexual advances. […]

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