Fred Nile moves motion to introduce Crimes Provocation Amendment Bill to Upper House
Fred Nile MLC has moved a motion to introduce the Crimes (Provocation) Amendment Bill during Wednesday's sitting of the Upper House. The Bill will amend the Crimes Act 1900 to remove the partial defence of provocation in cases involving a non-violent sexual advance - essentially closing the loophole on the gay panic defence.
The NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) has welcomed the move to introduce the Bill which comes off the back of multi-partisan support in the NSW Parliament.
The GLRL thanked members of the Select Committee on the Partial Defence of Provocation and the O'Farrell government for tireless work and for committing to reform in this area.
GLRL's Jed Horner told SX, "The homosexual advance defence (HAD), a common law formulation of the partial defence of provocation, has enabled perpetrators of extreme violence against gay men to get away with lesser charges of manslaughter.
"This defence is manifestly unjust, outdated and it's removal couldn't come a day sooner. We look forward to the formal introduction of this legislation and we call on all Members of the NSW Parliament to ensure its passage through the legislature."