Convictions under anti-gay laws to be wiped clean

QUEENSLANDERS who have lived with criminal convictions for simply being gay could have their records wiped clean thanks to the Palaszczuk Government.

Homosexual activity was only decriminalised in Queensland in 1990, but those who had been charged under the law still hold criminal convictions.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D'Ath today presented a report into how the convictions might be dealt with. 

"For the Palaszczuk Government, this has always been a question of how these historical convictions should be expunged, not whether it should be done," said Mrs D'Ath.

"The QLRC Report recommends creating a framework that would allow eligible people to apply on a case-by-case basis.

"On that and many other substantive recommendations, the Government will adopt this report."

Ms D'Ath did point out two ways in which the government's approach will depart from the report's recommendations:

  • in addition to sexual acts once described as 'gross indecency', the framework will also apply to certain public morality offences where the charge related to consensual homosexual activity;
  • the government's proposed scheme will be limited to historical offences involving consenting adults.

"It is important that Queenslanders are not burdened by the stigma attached to criminal charges and convictions that were made under the laws of a bygone age," Mrs D'Ath said.