26 Nov 2009

MPs repeal provocation defence in homicide cases

10:01 pm on 26 November 2009

Legislation repealing the partial defence of provocation in homicide cases passed its final reading in Parliament late on Thursday evening.

The Crimes (Provocation Repeal) Amendment Bill, which amends provisions of the Crimes Act, passed by 116 votes to five, with the ACT Party voting against it.

The law change follows two reports by the Law Commission in recent years, both of which recommended the defence be abolished.

Parliament then rose after sitting under urgency for three days.