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Victoria to ban 'abhorrent' practice of gay or gender conversion therapy

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Practitioners of conversion therapy seeking to change someone’s sexuality or gender identity and found to have caused serious injury could face up to 10 years’ jail under the criminal sanctions proposed in the legislation.

Those who try to avoid the law in Victoria by sending people to conversion therapy out of the state would also face criminal sanctions and fines to a maximum of close to $10,000.The Victorian government went to consultation on a proposed ban in October last year.

In its report released with the legislation, the government said survivors of conversion therapy and the LGBT community supported outright bans.

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