September 2004 Letter from Opposition Leader, Lawrence Springborg, in response to my 25th
August 2004 email. Mr. Springborg advises that the National Party does not believe
there is any justification for reform of the Sodomy Law. It is important to note that in 1997, when
the National Party briefly regained Government in a by-election, one of their
first acts was to repeal the Labor Party’s Revised Criminal Code (which would
have defined a truly equal age of consent for all sexual activities). They then
dramatically reworked the 1899 Criminal Code – in which they doubled the maximum
penalties applied by this law to 14 years gaol,
replaced the specific term “anal intercourse” with the more generic term “sodomy”
and set the minimum age at 18 years (previously 17).
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from original letter stored as a jpg image HERE.
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
Parliament House • Alice Street • Brisbane
Q 4000 • Telephone (07) 3406 7997
• Facsimile (07) 3221 1496 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3 September 2004
Mr John Frame
82 Main Avenue
WAVELL HEIGHTS QLD 4012
Dear Mr Frame
I refer to your email of 25 August 2004 in relation to the age of consent for
engaging in sexual activity in Queensland.
The Nationals do not believe that there is any justification
for considering any change to the existing provisions in the Queensland
Criminal Code which deals with this issue. However I would thank you for
forwarding to me your views on this issue.
Leader of the