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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 3565

Mr Doyle (LILLEY, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1)   How many arrests have been made by the A.C.T. Police of persons alleged to have been involved in homosexual acts carried out by consenting males in private since 1 July 1970.

(2)   How many convictions were recorded in the same period.

(3)   Is there any evidence that male homosexuals residing in the Australian Capital Territory have been subjected to blackmail, persecution or standover tactics.

Mr Enderby - The Attorney-General has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   None.

(2)   None.

(3)   On 28 February 1971 a male person was assaulted by six youths who spoke to him in terms that clearly indicated that they regarded him as a homosexual. The offenders have not been identified. Between 25 and 31 January 1972 two suspected male homosexuals were assaulted and robbed, but subsequent investigations were unsuccessful in establishing the identity of the offenders. Between 17 and 28 February four suspected male homosexuals were administered stupefying drugs and robbed. The offenders in each case were later arrested and convicted in the A.C.T. Supreme Court. On 24 February 1972 a further two suspected male homosexuals were assaulted and robbed and, in both cases, the offenders were later arrested and convicted. On 2 June 1972 a male person was fatally assaulted after, the offender claims, the victim made homosexual advances to him. The offender was subsequently convicted of murder.

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