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According to The Guardian, the state of Victoria in Australia vows to toughen up laws to crack down on so called ‘gay conversion therapy’.
The law, to be put before parliament later this year, will create a health complaints commissioner whose role will be to crack down on unregistered health practitioners whose medical claims are unproven.
Current legislation only covers registered practitioners, so those who aren’t registered cannot be investigated by the state. The new law hopes to address that loophole.
The law will allow the health complaints commission to investigate any practitioner (registered or otherwise) whose work ‘put people’s physical and psychological health at risk’.
Jill Hennessy, the Victorian health minister, said: ‘We have zero tolerance for any person purporting to be able to “convert” gay people through medical or therapeutic means.
‘Any attempts to make people feel uncomfortable with their own sexuality is completely unacceptable.’