*Age Of Consent & Legal Sexual Activity for the State of
10th April 2000. This is the original email sent to various persons to encourage awareness of this effort and to seek support:
Campaign For Public Awareness
of Age of Consent and Sodomy Laws in Queensland.
(10th April 2000)
I, John Frame am, as an individual, lobbying the Queensland Attorney-General Matt Foley, to direct that a public education campaign be initiated regarding the Age of Consent and Sodomy laws in our state. I would appreciate your help in encouraging others to support this effort.
I believe that the age of consent should be 16 for any sexual activity.
Queensland law is that the age of consent is 16 for everyone, but a separate law prohibits anyone under 18 from engaging in anal intercourse (sodomy).
Most members of the public, straight or gay, have the impression (reinforced by inaccurate media) that the age of consent for male to male sex of any kind is 18. The repercussions of this erroneous belief are serious and far-reaching.
Please take the time to read the letter below, which is an abridged version of the one I sent on 6th April 2000. You may choose to email (fill in your name etc on the page and send email@example.com or print, sign and post a copy of this letter to the Attorney General, or indeed to use your own wording.
I believe that a successful outcome will only be achieved if the Attorney General sees that there is a broader call for action.
Those most at risk from the current state of confusion are also those least empowered to amend the situation, so please act if you can.
John Frame. (Presenter "Queer Radio", 4ZZZfm firstname.lastname@example.org)
To: Attorney General Matt Foley
Office of the Attorney-General
GPO Box 149
Re: Public awareness of Queensland's Age of Consent law.
I believe that the persistently reinforced and prevalent misinterpretation of the age of consent law creates these serious problems:
I believe it is the Queensland Government's "Duty Of Care" to ensure that the potential harm caused by the confusion over this law is minimised.
I ask you to arrange, as a matter of urgency, an education campaign to inform the public of the correct interpretation of current Age of Consent and Sodomy laws in Queensland.