Tasmania votes to expunge historical convictions of same-sex and transgender activity

The Upper House of Tasmanian Parliament unanimously passed legislation to expunge the record of those convicted of same-sex activity and ‘cross-dressing’ under historical laws. Many in the chamber offered apologies to the individuals and families impacted by the previous laws criminalizing LGBT activities. Under the new legislation, individuals may apply to the Justice Department for the clearing their criminal record. The bill, however, does not acknowledge those offences which may have been committed as a response to police discrimination under the historical laws.

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