Bill outlawing adult conversion therapy set to be tabled Monday – National


The federal government is set to table a new bill to ban conversion therapy on Monday, which if passed would outlaw practices that seek to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

It will beef up a bill which died when Parliament was dissolved ahead of the September election, and is expected to ban the discredited practice completely.

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Conversion therapy has included electric-shock therapy and intensive sessions to repress non-heterosexual attraction.

The government has said outlawing conversion therapy is a priority.

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Its new bill, to be introduced by Justice Minister David Lametti and Gender Equality and Youth Minister Marci Ien, is expected to gain wide cross-party support. But more than half of the Conservative caucus opposed the government’s previous attempt to ban conversion therapy practices.

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The original bill only outlawed conversion therapy if adults did not consent to it, though it banned it for children.

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