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6th July 2011 Letter from the office of Attorney-General Mr. Paul Lucas in reply to my 17th May 2011 email. Senior Policy Advisor Tess Bishop reiterates that the Government has no plans to act on equal age of consent reform, but this is also the first time that any correspondence from the Government has included an attempt to argue the case for their inaction. Sadly she merely states the obvious – that age of consent laws exist to protect young children from harm, and states that the Goss Labor Government set a higher minimum age for anal intercourse when it otherwise decriminalised sex between men in 1990. She fails to address the key reason why the age of consent should be equal for all youth at 16 – which is that the Government’s own 1990 Parliamentary Criminal Justice Committee on Reforms in Laws Relating To Homosexuality had officially recommended that it be so (this is Recommendation 7, the only one of 9 Recommendations which was not applied in the resultant legislation).

 

The 1990 PCJC Report , on pages 44 – 50, justified Recommendation 7 by quoting from the testimonies of experts and others who had participated in the Public Hearings which were held on 6th August 1990 and 7th August 1990. Recommendation 7 (supported also by Chairman Peter Beattie) was that “ THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS THAT THE AGE OF CONSENT FOR HOMOSEXUAL ACTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF SEXUAL EQUALITY AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION BE THE SAME FOR MALES AS IT IS FOR FEMALES, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER THE SEXUAL ACT IS HETEROSEXUAL OR HOMOSEXUAL. (THIS PRINCIPLE IS HIGHLIGHTED IN POINT ONE ON PAGE 60 OF THE (Criminal Justice) COMMISSION’S REPORT.)

 


 

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Queensland Government


Office of the

Deputy Premier and Attorney-General
Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State


Our ref: 537965/1; AG/11/02082

 
6 JUL 2011


Mr John Frame
82 Main Averune
WAVELL HEIGHTS QLD 4012

Dear Mr Frame

Thank you for your email of 17 May 2011 to the Honourable Paul Lucas MP, Deputy Premier and Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State about age of consent laws in Queensland. The Deputy Premier and Attorney-General has asked that I respond on his behalf. I apologise for the delay in responding.

The age of consent is designed to protect young and innocent children from physical and psychological harm caused by engaging in sexual intercourse before they are mature enough to consent to such activity. As there is no objective means of determining at what age the age of consent should be set, since children mature and develop at different rates, the law in Queensland has set a minimum age of 16 years for consent to all sexual activity except anal intercourse which is 18 years.

Since 1990, when the Goss Labor Government decriminalised anal intercourse between consenting adults, the age of consent for anal intercourse has been set at 18 years.

I note that you hold strong and passionate views on this issue. However, as advised on previous occasions, the Government has no immediate plans to review or amend the law around the age of consent.

Thank you for writing to the Deputy Premier and Attorney-General about this issue. I trust this information is of assistance.

Yours sincerely

Tess Bishop

Senior Policy Advisor

 

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