*Age Of Consent & Legal Sexual Activity for the State of
10th August 2001 Letter to Queensland Premier Peter Beattie and Attorney General Rod Welford (with a copy to MP for Nudgee, Neil Roberts) requesting a reply my letter dated 6th July 2001 asking for a personal interview in order to discuss the time frame for the implementation of Mr Beattie’s 15th June 2001 commitment to adequately inform the public about existing laws governing age of consent and legal sexual activity.
To: Hon. Peter Beattie MP
Premier of Queensland and Minister for Trade
And to: Hon. Rod Welford
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
Copy to: Neil Roberts MP (my local Member)
References: Office of the Premier: "MCU" letter dated 31st May 2001
Attorney-General: 2001/04234 letter dated 22nd June 2001-07-04
From: John Frame
82 Main Avenue, Wavell Heights 4012
Phone: 3350 1562 / 0409 501 561
Date: 10th August 2001.
Re: Request dated 6th July 2001 for personal interview regarding a commitment by the Premier to provide adequate information to the general public regarding age of consent and legal sexual activity.
Dear Mr Beattie and Mr Welford,
To date I have not received any reply to my letter dated 6th July 2001, of copy of which is attached.
I am hoping that you are still planning to give this matter serious consideration, as no satisfactory answer or resolution has yet been offered from either of your departments.
I am sending a copy of this letter also to my local MP Neil Roberts in the hope that he remains aware of the present state of this call for action, even if he is not allowed to make representations in that regard.
In Western Australia on 3rd August 2001, just 5 months after a 14 member committee was appointed by their new Labor Government to investigate needed law reform on gay & lesbian issues, their Attorney-General Jim McGinty foreshadowed major reforms after tabling a 200 page report. They have the support of the Greens to pass this legislation.
Among the 47 recommendations is that the age of consent for male to male sex be reduced to 16 years (it is currently 21 – the highest in Australia and among the highest in the Western World).
They are not suggesting a "sodomy law" which would cause the rank confusion that Queensland has fostered through inaction for the last ten years.
Mr Beattie, you have stated that you have no problem with the proposal that the public should be adequately informed about existing law in Queensland regarding age of consent and legal sexual activity.
It is of utmost importance that your Government be seen to be acting progressively in following through on your commitment.
This could also be the time to act like a truly progressive Government and jump on the bandwagon with Western Australia by also volunteering to eliminate our state’s redundant but utterly obtrusive Sodomy Law.
I look forward to your early reply.
John Frame. Website with all correspondence detailed:www.queerradio.org/AgeOfConsent.htm