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MOVE TO SCRAP HISTORIC CONVICTIONS FOR GAY MEN IN NSW

In a speech to the NSW Parliament this week, NSW upper house Labor MP Penny Sharpe urged the government to set up a process to expunge historical convictions for same-sex sexual activity committed before its decriminalisation in 1984.\n

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8th March 2014 02:31

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Oceania

Sharpe said convictions should also be removed for people convicted between 1984 and 2003 when unequal age of consent laws were in place.

“Expunging historical convictions for homosexual intercourse…is a matter of justice for people who wouldn’t be convicted today of these offences,” she said.

In January, Victorian Premier Dennis Napthine announced his state would move legislation to allow people to apply to have their convictions expunged. In front of crowds at the Midsumma Festival, Napthine said: “This is only fair, this is reasonable, this is long overdue. These convictions have been allowed to stand for far too long which is why we will legislate to rectify this situation.”

The UK  introduced similar legislation in 2012, while politicians in Tasmania are also discussing expunging former offences.

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