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1st December 2005 Email to Premier Peter Beattie on this World AIDS Awareness Day: pointing out that its is a sad state of affairs for the Beattie Government to persist with inaction on Sodomy Law reform, when they know that this law places youth at increased risk of HIV infection.
I refer in this email to my telephone
From: John Frame
Subject: Qld inaction on World AIDS Day
Re: The Beattie Government's
continuing inaction on the 1990 Sodomy Law leaves our state's
youth at great, and unnecessary risk of HIV infection.
A sad state of affairs on World AIDS Awareness Day (
Dear Mr Beattie,
On Monday I received a return call from Jeremy of the Attorney General's Office. I told him that I had received yet another letter from the Attorney General which merely states that your Government has no plans to reform the Sodomy Law.
The main question I posed to Jeremy was that, since the Attorney General has acknowledged the HIV risk posed to youth by this law, and the fact that the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commissioner has called for its urgent reform, can the Attorney-General at least explain why there are no plans for reform. He told me that there would be no explanation.
I suggested that the only likely reason for inaction is a fear of losing a handful of conservative votes. He said he could not comment.
So I suggested to Jeremy, how is a parent of a gay teenage child expected to feel, when they know that their child is at increased risk of self-harm suicide and HIV directly because of the Sodomy Law, and they are told that the Government cares less about their child than it does about votes?
Again Jeremy could not comment, but I know that you are in the best and most authoritative position to do so.
I welcome your comment.
I believe that inaction on the 1990 Sodomy Law is in
itself an action - it's a choice to place young
It would be easy for a Government spin doctor to sell this reform to the general public - using the honest fact that it would be ensuring equal protection and support for all the state's youth.
When I interviewed you on
I would like to regain my confidence, trust and respect for Queensland Labor.
with sincere regards,
presenter of Queer Radio www.queerradio.org
on community radio 4ZZZ fm102.1
Ph: 07 3350 1562 / 0409 501 561
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I look forward to a time when I can trust the Beattie Government again.