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Gay bashing victim Alan Rosendale (Photo: Serkan Ozturk)
NEW SOUTH WALES NEWS PRESSURE GROWS FOR INQUIRY INTO SYDNEY’S GAY-HATE KILLINGS

in AUSTRALIA, 26/01/2014

Community pressure is mounting for an inquiry into historical gay-hate crimes that has left a trail of countless victims and a cloud hanging over NSW Police almost four decades later.

Last week, Sydney state independent MP Alex Greenwich joined the family of Scott Johnson – an American believed to have been murdered at clifftops near Manly Beach in December 1988 – to urge the NSW Government to allow the Ombudsman to commence an investigation into links between scores of attacks on gay men across Sydney from the late 1970s onwards.

The calls for an inquiry with Royal Commission-like powers have also been backed by several gay men who claimed to have been victims of police brutality and have suggested that homophobic attitudes within NSW Police are why many bashings and murders remained unsolved.

A study into these murders by the University of Newcastle found that at least 74 homicides in Sydney since 1980 could be termed as gay killings.

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