Queensland may give pardons to gay men convicted of homosexual acts.
The Queensland government is considering providing pardons to men convicted of homosexual acts in the state prior to 1991.
Prior to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1991 by the Goss Labor Government, men convicted could face up to 14 years in prison.
Premier Campbell Newman has confirmed his government is reviewing a resolution that was made in the Federal Senate in 2012 to quash or expunge the convictions of men previously found guilty of committing homosexual acts.
According to reports in the Courier Mail, the Attorney General has advised the wording of the pardon is critical for the state to avoid facing compensation cases for wrongful imprisonment.
Premier Campbell Newman wrote to Senate president John Hogg on January 17 saying any decision would need to be considered and approved by Cabinet.
Shelley Argent, the National Spokesperson for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, (PFLAG) told the Courier Mail the Queensland government had a moral responsibility to approve the recommendation.
"That would be the decent thing to do. A homosexual should not be considered a criminal.''