Australia’s first proposed legislation criminalising “LGBT conversion therapy” has suffered setbacks and divides after receiving criticism and support on issues of medicinal practice and gender dysphoria. Under the new amendments, practitioners of the discredited therapy would face fines and up to 12 months’ imprisonment, while those who perform conversion therapy on children and other vulnerable people would face up to 18 months in jail. If passed, the Bill would be the first absolute ban on conversion therapy in Australia and will place pressure on other states to adopt the same legislation. A parliamentary committee in Queensland tasked to examine the Bill urged the Palaszczuk government on Friday to review parts of its proposal and provide clarity on which health services fall under the ban.

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