Thank you Mr Speaker.
My question is to the Attorney General.
Attorney-General, a recent study by the LaTrobe University has found that one in 20 LGBTQIA+ youths in Australia have undergone conversation practices.
The study also found that those LGBTQIA+ youth who underwent conversation practices are at a higher risk of psychological stress, mental health conditions, self-harm and are up to four times more likely to have PTSD and to have attempted suicide than other LGBTQIA+ youth.
I have met survivors of these practices and witnessed the harm and trauma caused by these so-called ‘therapy’ sessions where an individual is subjected to lengthy periods of pseudo-counselling, formal courses, prayer or even exorcism.
On Sunday 22 August this year, the Examiner Newspaper reported the experiences of Mark (not his real name) who underwent 21 years of practices which culminated in him suffering a breakdown in his early 50s.
Attorney-General do you agree that conversion practices cause deep psychological harm and trauma? If so, will you help save lives and support a legislative ban to prohibit conversion practices in Tasmania?