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Men Behaving Badly: Sodomy Cases in the Colonial Courts of Papua New Guinea

Stewart, Christine


In the period immediately before Papua New Guinea's Independence in 1975, several cases of sodomy, ostensibly taking place between consenting adult men in private, came before the formal courts. The Criminal Code of the time criminalised sex between consenting males aged over 14 in private; both the perpetrator and the permitter were equally guilty. The law at the time took little account of customary beliefs and practices; it was administered and adjudicated by expatriate lawyers and judges...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Pacific History
DOI: 10.1080/00223340802054693


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