Campaign for Age Of Consent awareness & removal of The Sodomy Law in Queensland

*Age Of Consent & Legal Sexual Activity for the State of Queensland, Australia - A campaign to remove our Sodomy Law (which was enacted in 1990).

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1st October 2004 Letter from Health Minister, Gordon Nuttall, in which he expresses concern for risks presented to youth by the Sodomy Law, however he refers to the Department’s www.istaysafe.com  website as if that site was a flagship for HIV/AIDS education and yet that site does not even mention anal intercourse (“sodomy”). Mr Nuttall states that the Department is about to launch into a major statewide school-based sexual health program – which will no doubt completely exclude sexual health matters related directly to anal intercourse. This is of extreme concern, considering that recent Australian research indicates that up to 4 % of all 16-19 year old Australian men and women choose to engage in anal intercourse (for various reasons).  It is appalling that these youth will be deliberately denied life saving sexual health information.  


 

Text as scanned from original letter stored as a jpg image HERE.

 

Queensland Government

 

GORDON NUTTALL MP

Minister for Health

Member for Sandgate

 

MI 123412

 

Mr J Frame

Queer Radio

4ZZZ

82 Main Avenue

WAVELL HEIGHTS QLD 4102

 

Dear Mr Frame

 

Thank you for your email dated 25 August 2004, regarding Queensland laws relating to the age of consent for anal intercourse

 

Matters relating to the criminal code and the age of consent fall under the jurisdiction of my colleague the Honourable Judy Spence MP, Minister for Police and Corrective Services. I encourage you to write to her in relation to your specific concerns.

 

Queensland Health does share your concern relating to the risks of HJV/AIDS and other sexually transmissible infections to young people, and conducts a number of programs aimed at reducing risks to this vulnerable population. These include operation of the ISTAYSAFE website covering information for young people on sexual and reproductive health, and the employment of over 120 school based nurses throughout the State.

 

In 2004/5 Queensland Health will commence a joint program with Education Queensland on the development of a sexual health curriculum to cover both primary and secondary schools. This project is part of a larger joint work plan involving a number of key areas relevant to youth health such as alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, healthy weight and mental health. The program aims to ensure that young people are provided with information and skills to help them minimise the risks posed by these important health issues.

 

Should you have any queries regarding my advice to you, Mr Mark Counter, Principal Program Advisor, Sexual Health, Communicable Diseases Unit, will be pleased to assist you and can be contacted on telephone 3234 1155.

 

Yours sincerely

 

GORDON NUTTALL MP

Minister for Health

Member for Sandgate

 

01 OCT 2004

 

Level 19 147-163 Charlotte Street Brisbane

 

GPO Box 48 Brisbane

Queensland 4001 Australia

 

Telephone +617 3234 1291

Facsimile +61 7 3229 4731

Email health@ministerial.qld.gov.au  

Website www.health.qld.gov.au