Homophobia as party politics: the construction of the 'homosexual deviant' in Joh Bjelke-Petersen's Queensland

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Abstract

The way in which Jon Bjelke-Petersen and his Country Party/National Party government defined homosexuality as morally deviant in order to gain electoral advantage, thereby incorporating the policies of homophobia into governance is discussed. The Goss Labor government after assuming power from Bjelke-Petersen decriminalized male-to-male sexual intercourse for those aged over 16 years; and the gay and lesbian liberation movement made considerable gains in Australia during the 1970s and 1980s.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-46
Number of pages18
JournalQueensland Review
Volume17
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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