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    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Parliament votes “yes” to righting historical wrongs

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
    The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

    Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    Parliament votes “yes” to righting historical wrongs

    The Palaszczuk Government has righted past wrongs and allowed historical homosexual convictions to be expunged from a person’s criminal record.

    The Criminal Law (Historical Convictions Expungement) Bill 2017 passed in Queensland Parliament tonight.

    Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the new laws acknowledged and rectified past prejudice and discrimination against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) community.

    “Earlier this year Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk acknowledged and apologised to the LGBTIQ community for these past injustices,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “Today, in the spirit of that apology, Parliament has provided a humble but meaningful measure of restorative justice to those who have suffered as a result.

    “Such convictions were not only unjust but they could also have far-reaching effects on a person’s employment and travel opportunities.

    “They will now be able to apply to have such convictions expunged from their record,” she said.

    Under the legislation, the Director-General of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General will be responsible for deciding applications for expungement. Decisions will also be able to be reviewed by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

    A person can apply to have records expunged for eligible offences if they were charged or convicted under the law, as it stood, before the decriminalisation of consensual adult homosexual activity in Queensland on 19 January 1991.

    “I’m proud to be part of a government that is righting historical wrongs, building on our earlier legislation to remove “gay panic” as a criminal defence, restore Civil Partnerships, equalise age of consent, and enable same sex adoptions,” Mrs D’Ath said.

    “I also thank the Parliament for its civilised debate on this topic, which has demonstrated to the LGBTIQ community how far we have come as a Parliament and as a community from the discrimination and hatred that was displayed in this chamber during the debate of the decriminalisation reforms in 1990.”

     

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