Queensland to keep 'gay panic' defence

Wayne Ruks’s killers will be sentenced for his manslaughter in three weeks.
The killers of Wayne Robert Ruks used the 'gay panic' defence in 2010

THE Homosexual Advance Defence, commonly known as 'gay panic', can still be used in Queensland courts, with the government confirming it has no plans to change the state's provocation laws.

Having gained prominence in 2010, after it was used by men accused of murder in Maryborough, HAD, which can be used under the provocation defence remains rare, but usable under Queensland law.

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Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said there were no plans to exclude it.

"We are committed to making Queensland the safest place to live and work, regardless of your sexual preference," he said in a statement.

"The defence of provocation is open to any offender and is not based on one's sexuality."

Read more at Brisbane Times.

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