National Library of New Zealand
Harvested by the National Library of New Zealand on: Apr 8 2017 at 7:19:15 GMT
Search boxes and external links may not function. Having trouble viewing this page? Click here
Close Minimize Help
Wayback Machine
GayNZ Logo & Link
Saturday 08 April 2017

Queensland repeals 'gay panic' defence

Posted in: International News
By Daily News staff - 22nd March 2017

Queensland Parliament has repealed the ‘gay panic’ defence, leaving South Australia as the only state to still allow its use.

Queensland Parliament
The defence allowed for a lesser sentence if a crime was carried out “the heat of passion caused by sudden provocation” because of someone’s homosexuality.

A push to change the law came following the sentencing of the two men who killed Wayne Ruks in 2008 after one of the men said Ruks grabbed his crotch. The men were successful in their use of the ‘gay panic’ defence and received lesser jail terms for the crime.

“Queensland’s criminal code must not be seen to condone violence against the gay community, or indeed any community,” said Yvette D’Ath, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice.

“The passing of this legislation sends an important message that discrimination is not acceptable and that we value the LBGTI community.

“Equality before the law is a fundamental principle of human rights and the amendment to section 304 will ensure that this provision operates equally for all members of our community.”

   Bookmark and Share

 Latest News Headlines

NZAF campaign reaffirms importance of prevention
Gay men allegedly rounded up & killed in Chechnya
South Sudan refuses to decriminalise homosexuality
All Black faces NZRU after "homophobic comment"
Rainbow Flag creator dies, aged 65