Apol­ogy for gay charges

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAN­DERS whose lives were turned up­side down when they were charged and even jailed over their sex­u­al­ity will re­ceive a his­toric apol­ogy in State Par­lia­ment to­day.

Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk will de­liver an apol­ogy on be­half of the house as her govern­ment in­tro­duces leg­is­la­tion to en­able his­toric gay con­vic­tions to be ex­punged.

“Those con­vic­tions may have hap­pened decades ago, but for many they con­tinue to im­pact on the lives of many to­day,” she said.

“I feel it’s vi­tally im­por­tant that as a par­lia­ment, we recog­nise the hurt, hu­mil­i­a­tion and an­guish those charges caused.”

Ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity was le­galised in Queens­land al­most 30 years ago but the con­vic­tions of adults charged un­der the old laws re­mained in place.

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