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Apology and Expungement of Convictions Welcome

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Thursday, 17 December 2015


Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

The Greens warmly welcome the government's decision to expunge the historic convictions of Tasmanians who were criminally charged on the basis of their sexuality.

Until 1997, homosexuality was a crime in Tasmania and it's well and truly time that we recognise how offensive and discriminatory that law was.

The government has made the right decision to take the next step in the healing process.

The Greens wrote to the Attorney General in October about this matter and we're delighted with today's announcement.

Expungement of the convictions will help to provide closure to many of those who were arrested for simply being who they are.

These convictions have had a profoundly negative effect on those who were arrested, charged and convicted.

Less than 20 years ago, many people's sexual identity was a criminal offence in this state and could mean 21 years in prison. It's hard to believe in today's society.

There is still a long way to go to ensure equality for LGBTI Tasmanians, but this is a step in the right direction.

It is heartening to know the government is willing to help end the discrimination in our community.