Will you close the loophole in Qld law that allows “gay panic” to be used as a defence to murder? An expert legal committee has recommended changes that will close the loophole unless there are “exceptional circumstances”, will you match the government’s commitment to implement the recommendations?

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Please remove this as a defence, before ANOTHER MURDER. "religion panic" is never used as a defence . . . yet it is well documented that the church has been accused of terrible acts of violence against the vulnerable in society as well as subsequent cover-ups.
wav Kariuki · 2 years ago
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Lots of people are very worried about this issue. they want to see a real commitment to closing this loophole. and even 'exceptional circumstances' is a dangerous concession. The only really exceptional circumstance is the separate defence of "self-defence". Please eliminate common law loopholes like "gay advance" and please prevent people from sneaking the issue in connected to 'general circumstances' or 'exceptional circumstances' as this would surely taint the whole consideration and make extreme violence an acceptable excuse which it never is
Paul Kelly · 2 years ago
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The fact this exists in our law is shameful to us all. While your at it, maybe equalise the age of consent, too..
Michael O'Connor · 2 years ago
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Close the loophole and do away with 'exceptional circumstances' please.
Christopher Lotinga · 2 years ago
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Close the loophole and do away with 'exceptional circumstances' please.
Christopher Lotinga · 2 years ago
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The QLD loophole must be eliminated completely, no special circumstances entered into. If a murder charge is presented in court there are no special circumstances according to the law. So too with the "loophole law", it must be elliminated completely to be effective and uphold the law. So as never to be used as a defence tactic in the future.
Deni Langman · 2 years ago
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This legal loophole being closed, in my mind, is as inevitable as the legalisation of gay marriage (federally) and the introduction in Queensland.of daylight saving and widespread recycling of waster water for drinking purposes. The only question is - which political party or leader will possess the electoral fortitude to do it?
David Robinson · 2 years ago
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There should be NO doubt left in the law that sexual preference may be used as an excuse for any form of violence. There is no acceptable excuse for violence in a civilized society for any reason. Along with racism, misogyny, disability and any other poor, sad, reason which has been dredged up to protect the perpetrator 'gay panic' should be confined to the dustbins of history.
Glenda Fry · 2 years ago
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As stated my many, there should be NO exceptional circumstances. Every person needs to be treated as an equal and judged on equal standing.
Judy Chapman · 2 years ago
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There should be "no "exceptional circumstances", in this day and age such blatant discrimination is categorically unacceptable. No loopholes should be allowed; don't create another one, just remove it as a defence fullstop.
Melanie Jago · 2 years ago