SA stalls on removal of ‘gay panic’ defence
Posted on: Sun 21 May 2017
In 1975, South Australia became the first Australian state to repeal homosexual offences and provide an equal age of consent for sexual intercourse. This year South Australia is the laggard in law reform as it affects gay men as victims of murder. In March, the Queensland Parliament passed legislation dumping the ‘gay panic’ defence in that state. This leaves South Australia as the only state failing to remove this partial defence of provocation. To explain the ‘gay panic’ defence and give a law reform perspective, Greens MLC Tammy Franks spoke to Des Lawrence for A Peace of the Action.
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No time for Jay to ‘keep calm’ on ‘gay panic’ — tammyfranks.org.au