‘Gay cure’ un­der in­quiry

The Morning Bulletin - - NATION -

VIC­TO­RIAN prac­ti­tion­ers of so-called “gay con­ver­sion ther­apy” could face pros­e­cu­tion fol­low­ing a State Govern­men­tordered in­quiry.

Health Min­is­ter Jill Hen­nessy has for­mally asked the Health Com­plaints Com­mis­sioner to in­ves­ti­gate the “highly dam­ag­ing” and “ab­hor­rent” prac­tice that pur­ports to “cure” ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.

“I have re­ceived cor­re­spon­dence from a vic­tim of the prac­tices of so-called ‘gay con­ver­sion ther­apy’ and ‘ex-gay ide­ol­ogy’,” the min­is­ter wrote in a let­ter to the com­mis­sioner, re­leased yes­ter­day.

“Vic­tims of the prac­tice have dis­played poor men­tal and phys­i­cal health out­comes. Some have trag­i­cally lost their lives to sui­cide.” The Health Com­plaints Com­mis­sioner has pow­ers to in­ves­ti­gate and prose­cute. “Vic­to­ri­ans who have been harmed through th­ese rogue groups should con­tact the com­mis­sioner im­me­di­ately so th­ese un­law­ful prac­tices can be stopped and prac­ti­tion­ers pros­e­cuted,” Ms Hen­nessy said in a state­ment.

The in­quiry was trig­gered just weeks af­ter Vic­to­rian Lib­er­als pres­i­dent Michael Kroger had to in­ter­vene to stop a mo­tion on gay con­ver­sion ther­apy at the party’s state coun­cil meet­ing.

Read­ers seek­ing sup­port and in­for­ma­tion about sui­cide pre­ven­tion can con­tact Life­line on 13 11 14. Sui­cide Call Back Ser­vice 1300 659 467.

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