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10th December 2009 Email with confirmation letter to Premier Anna Bligh, Attorney-General Cameron Dick and to my local MP Hon. Neil Roberts. Regarding the QNews magazine articleGAY SEX IN QUEENSLAND 20 YEARS LEGAL, BUT STILL NOT EQUALby John Frame published 4th December 2009.

The email contained the full text of the article and the confirming letter included a copy of the printed article as an attachment.

 


 

Letter:

 

To: Hon Premier Anna Bligh, Hon Attorney-General Cameron Dick

       and my local MP Hon Neil Roberts.

 

From: John Frame
            Post: 82 Main Avenue, Wavell Heights 4012, QLD, Australia.

            Ph: 07 3350 1562 / mobile: 0409 501 561
            jvframe@ozemail.com.au
            http://www.queerradio.org/AgeOfConsent.htm

                      

Date: 10th December 2009

 

Attachment:  QNews Magazine article by John Frame regarding equal age of consent reform, published 4th December 2009.

 

Dear Premier, Attorney-General and Neil,

 

This letter is to confirm the email which I sent to each of you today (as per text below).

 

For your convenience I have attached a copy of the printed article. I welcome your response, but more importantly I urge you to take immediate action on this long overdue reform.

 

Sincerely,

 

John Frame

 

 

Email:

 

----- Original Message -----

From: John Frame

To: Attorney General ; Nudgee Electorate Office ; Premier Anna Bligh

Sent: Thursday, December 10, 2009 4:36 PM

Subject: QNews magazine article 4th Dec 09 re need for equal age of consent reform in Queensland

 

Attention Hon Premier Anna Bligh, Hon Attorney-General Cameron Dick and my local MP Hon Neil Roberts.

 

Please take the time to read and respond regarding my article for QNews magazine on the need for equal age of consent reform in Queensland, which has been published in their current 4th December 2009 edition on page 9. The text of the printed article and a link to view it online are included below.

 

Queensland Pride magazine will publish an article covering several different points in their first 2010 edition.

 

yours sincerely

 

John Frame
jvframe@ozemail.com.au
http://www.queerradio.org/
Ph: 07 3350 1562 / mobile: 0409 501 561
Post: 82 Main Avenue, Wavell Heights 4012, QLD, Australia.
 
----"There is no substitute for equality"----

  

 

as per http://www.queerradio.org/AOC041209_QNews.htm

 

GAY SEX IN QUEENSLAND 20 YEARS LEGAL, BUT STILL NOT EQUAL

By John Frame

Queensland remains the only state or territory in Australia which has a “sodomy law” - a law which defines a higher age of consent at 18 for anal intercourse than for vaginal intercourse and other consenting sex (which is 16). The severe penalty for any offender (including youth) is up to 14 years imprisonment.

Equal age of consent reform is necessary for same-gender attracted youth to be protected and supported by the law in true equity with their heterosexual peers and siblings. Without that legal equity some youths will not survive to enjoy the benefits of any protection of their rights as adults.

This is a family issue - any loving parent would want all of their children to be treated with equity, and to have the best possibility of living long, healthy, loving and productive lives.

The current law validates those who wish to oppress homosexual youth and it reinforces institutionalised homophobia, leaving same-gender attracted youth at dramatically increased risk of harassment, abuse, depression and suicide. They may also face increased risk of HIV infection through reduced self-esteem and the impeded delivery of duly inclusive sexual health education.

The Sodomy Law is not about limiting the sexual activity of youth for any altruistic societal benefit – it is purely about bigotry based on unreasoned fears.

In 2008, La Trobe University conducted a national survey of Year 10 and 12 students which they published in August 2009 in the report Secondary Students and SexualHealth 2008. Their national statistics suggest that up to two per cent of 16 and 17 year old male Queensland youth could be defined as potential criminals, based solely on their consenting sexual activity. The law applies to youth as much as to any older person, and all it might take is a change of government for them to face the grim reality of criminal prosecution.

Queensland’s unequal age of consent was enacted by Goss Labor in the November 1990 Bill which otherwise “decriminalised” sex between men. They deliberately ignored their own Parliamentary Criminal Justice Committee (PCJC) which had recommended 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.”

The scandal is that this was the only majority PCJC recommendation which was not realised in the November 1990 Bill. Hansard also shows that not one word was spoken about this Section in the passing of the Bill.

Goss Labor did later attempt to equalise the age of consent at 16, with their illfated 1995 Revised Criminal Code, but it was repealed by the Nationals in 1996.

However the Bligh Government flatly refuses to discuss a plan for reform – even though Queensland Labor’s official Policy Platform in Section 7.9 of the Justice and Governance Chapter states: “7.9 Labor will ensure uniformity of age among laws relating to the age of consent for lawful sexual activity”.

Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Susan Booth has stated that the current law is “not consistent with the objects of the Anti-Discrimination Act” and “constitutes a discriminatory provision which breaches Article 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

Community attitudes in Queensland have evolved in line with the rest of Australia – we’re overwhelmingly open-minded and compassionate. Our Government needs to reflect those values and bring us to the forefront of social reform in regard to the welfare of youth.

John Frame is an LGBT activist and was a long term presenter and producer of 4ZZZ’s weekly LGBT radio program Queer Radio. For more information about the fight to equalise the age of consent in Queensland, or for a 15 year archive of LGBT radio interviews, please visit www.queerradio.org

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