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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2nd September 2003 Letter from Attorney General Rod Welford, in response to my 27th June 2003 email, which had been forwarded from the Premier’s Office. Mr. Welford acknowledges my comments in that email which included: Today the USA Supreme Court has made a landmark final decision which strikes down similar Sodomy Laws across the entire United States. Queensland is the only state in Australia with a Sodomy law - and with the recent "across the board" equalisation of age of consent in New South Wales, that situation seems all the more embarrassing. Not only has Queensland's Sodomy Law effectively prevented the proper education of at-risk youth regarding safe sexual practices, but it has also denied tens of thousands of youth the possibility of being accepted by their peers as honest and good individuals - inclusive of their sexuality. You can't replace those lost opportunities, but you can act now, as a matter of urgency, to ensure that Queensland does not continue to be seen as the backward laughing-stock of Australia, in regard to age of consent.


Mr. Welford confirms the Premier’s statement that the Government has no plans to change the existing law. However he adds  two significant words “THIS TERM”.


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


Queensland Government Attorney-General Minister for Justice

The Honourable Rod Welford MP


In reply please quote: 2003/06621                                                           

Your reference:


2 SEP 2003


Mr J Frame

82 Main Avenue



Dear Mr Frame


Your email dated 27 June 2003 about law reform has been forwarded to me, from the Honourable Peter Beattie MP, Premier and Minister for Trade.


The age of consent for anal intercourse in Queensland, for both males and females, is eighteen years. For all other forms of sexual activity the age of consent is sixteen years. I note your comments about the Queensland law. However, as the Premier has indicated, the Government has no plans to change the existing law this term.


Rod Welford MP

18th floor State Law Building

50 Ann Street Brisbane

GPO Box 149 Brisbane

Queensland 4001 Australia

Telephone +61 7 3239 3478

Facsimile +61 7 3220 2475