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8th April 2011 Letter from Senior Policy Advisor on behalf of Attorney-General Paul Lucas. In response to my 28th February 2011 email to the Attorney-General and the Premier, in which I had highlighted a 27th February 2011 Sunday Mail article which discussed the very real risk of suicide for homosexual youth caused by Government refusal to treat homosexuals with genuine equity. In this reply the new Attorney-General makes it clear that the Premier is calling the shots on this issue – and that she has stated that there are no current plans for reform action.
NB: Paul Lucas is the sixth Labor MP to have been appointed as Attorney-General since this campaign began in February 2000. He was preceded by Cameron Dick, Kerry Shine, Linda Lavarch, Rod Welford and Matt Foley. All of them have failed in their duty of care for the welfare of Queensland youth, and in their responsibility to reflect Labor’s Policy Platform in the enactment of law reform (i.e. in ensuring equity in laws related to age of consent).
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Office of the
Deputy Premier and Attorney-General
Minister for Local Government
and Special Minister of State
Our ref: 523972/4. J/1 1/00135
08 APR 2011
Mr John Frame
Dear Mr Frame
Thank you for your email of 28 February 2011 regarding equal age of consent reform.
The Honourable Paul Lucas MP, Deputy Premier and Attorney-General, Minister for Local Government and Special Minister of State has asked that I respond on his behalf.
The Deputy Premier and Attorney-General is aware of your commitment to this issue and is also alert to the fact that you have written in similar terms to previous Attorneys- General on this topic. As indicated in the previous responses to you, the Premier and Minister for Reconstruction has publicly stated that the Queensland Government has no plans to make policy amendments in this area.
Accordingly, this Government is not intending to progress any legislative reform on this issue at this time.
Thank you for once again raising your concerns with the Deputy Premier and Attorney-General.
Senior Policy Advisor
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