Decision Maker Response
Jay Weatherill’s response
May 20, 2016 — The so called ‘gay panic’ defence is an outdated and offensive notion.
I’m committed to its abolition, that’s why last year I asked the South Australian Law Reform Institute to review all South Australian laws and regulations to identify ways to remove discrimination against the LGBTIQ community.
One of the issues that the Law Reform Institute will be providing advice on is how to abolish the 'gay panic' aspect of provocation in South Australian law. Some of the recommendations from the Law Reform Institute have been received by the Government and one Bill has already been introduced into Parliament. The Government is expecting further recommendations from the Law Reform Institute shortly and will be taking action on the recommendations as a matter of priority.
My Government is working hard to ensure that no South Australians are discriminated against and everyone enjoys the same rights.