5thMay 2006Email to Premier
Peter Beattie (with C.c. to Attorney General Linda Lavarch and the Editor of
the Courier Mail) referring to Mr. Beattie’s appearance on ABC Television’s evening
news in which he stated that he had been asked to comment on the inaugural Civil
Union of two women which was performed that day in the British Embassy,
Brisbane. Mr. Beattie stated that he supported equal treatment for gays and lesbians,
but did not support gay marriage. In my email I remind the Premier that his
refusal to enact an equal age of consent in Queensland
makes it impossible for gay and bisexual youth to be treated equally in Queensland. I
refer again to his past public support for an equal age of consent and ask when
action on reform may be expected.
Subject: Premier Beattie says gays should be
treated equally - let's start with youth.
To the Hon
Premier Mr Peter Beattie
Attorney General Linda Lavarch, Editor of Courier Mail)
On the ABC
Television News tonight, Friday 5th May 2006, you stated that you believed that
gays and lesbians should be treated equally, but that you did not support same
you that you persist in ensuring that gay and bisexual men CANNOT be
treated with equity in Queensland because you refuse to enact reform
of the Criminal Code to allow an equal age of consent. Queensland is the ONLY Australian state
or territory which does not have a truly equal age of consent.
equity is only possible when the law allows it and all Queensland youth deserve to be equally
protected and supported by the law - regardless of their gender or their sexual
orientation. Parents can neither choose nor modify the sexuality
of their children, they can only hope that all of their children will be
treated with equity under the law.
like to know how you personally justify allowing gay and bisexual youth to
remain at increased risk of HIV infection, assault, drug and alcohol abuse and
suicide (all likely consequences of the current law) - especially
when we know that you are on public record, as Chair of the 1990 PCJC Report on
Homosexual Law reform, as being in favour of an equal age of consent (as per
the Committee's "Recommendation 7").
2005 Queensland AntiDiscrimination Commissioner Susan Booth wrote to you
recommending that the law ought to be reformed as a matter of urgency - and
surely that's the only moral thing to do.
When may we
expect to see age of consent reform in action?
presenter of Queer Radio www.queerradio.org -
full age of consent equity campaign details are at www.queerradio.org/AgeOfConsent.htm
on community radio 4ZZZ fm102.1 Brisbane, Australia
Ph: 07 3350 1562 / 0409 501 561
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