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Judge Causes Controversy, Speaking Favorably of Incest

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Judge Garry Nielsonby Lousie Hall and Nicole Hasham, Sydney Morning Herald

The Greens have called for District Court Judge Garry Neilson to be referred to the powerful Judicial Commission for his comments comparing incest and paedophilia to homosexuality.

But Attorney-General Brad Hazzard has refused to be drawn on the controversy, saying he does not want to prejudice an upcoming trial.

Fairfax Media today reported Judge Garry Neilson has said just as gay sex was socially unacceptable and criminal in the 1950s and 1960s but is now widely accepted, “a jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men and was now ‘available’, not having [a] sexual partner”.

He also said the “only reason” that incest is still a crime is because of the high risk of genetic abnormalities in children born from consanguineous relationships “but even that falls away to an extent [because] there is such ease of contraception and readily access to abortion”.

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© 2014 Fairfax Media

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