oa De Rebus - Perverts' rights are also worthy of constitutional protection

Volume 1998, Issue 366
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



In the case of Bell v S (in which the accused appealed against a magistrate's order committing him to prison to await the final decision of the Minister of Justice with regard to his extradition to Australia) Mr Bell was accused of having committed many offences that those of us with 'conventional' sexual preferences would decry as turpitude of the worst kind. But, the lewdness of his alleged conduct notwithstanding, Mr Bell still has rights - some of which are enshrined in the Bill of Rights contained in the Constitution. It is my submission that Mr Bell got a raw deal from our courts with regard to the protection and assertion of his constitutional and common law rights.

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