Decision Maker Response

Hon. Yvette D'Ath’s response

Mar 22, 2017 — Dear Father Paul and petitioners,

I am pleased to announced that the Queensland Parliament has just passed legislation which removes the so-called “gay panic” defence from the Criminal Code, honouring a Palaszczuk Government election commitment.

The Criminal Code Law Amendment Bill amended section 304 of the Code, removing unwanted sexual advance as a partial defence of provocation for murder.

Queensland’s criminal code must not be seen to condone violence against the gay community, or indeed any community.

The passing of this legislation sends an important message that discrimination is not acceptable and that we value the LGBTI community.