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11th  April 2006 Email to my local Member of Parliament Neil Roberts (Member for Nudgee) regarding the 10 April 2006 letter which I posted to the Premier in reply to the Premier’s letter dated 5 April 2006. I included copies of both these letters for Neil’s reference, and I express my concern that “ If the Labor Party doesn't care enough about youth to enact something as basic as an equal age of consent, then how can they be trusted to care about anything else in our community?”


 

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

From: John Frame

To: Nudgee Electorate Office

Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2006 7:26 PM

Subject: letter to Premier Beattie re Youth Advocacy Centre

 

Dear Neil,

 

On Friday I received a letter dated 5th April 2006, as attached, from the Premier's Office. The Premier chose in this letter to ignore all the highly relevant points he should be considering in favour of enacting an equal age of consent and is instead hoping to fob me off by suggesting that he has already done enough - merely by virtue of the fact that one partly government-funded community agency, the Youth Advocacy Centre, happens to have accurate details for age of consent and legal sexual activity on their website.

 

The Youth Advocacy Centre www.yac.net.au displays accurate information because I personally chased them up on this matter in 2000. They are not, however, a representative body for the Queensland Government.

 

As my local Member of Parliament I have attached, for your reference, a Word file copy of the letter which I sent to the Premier today by registered mail.

 

I welcome the day when I can again say that I have respect for Premier Beattie and his Cabinet, but after six years of facing constant and deliberate stonewalling and evasion from the Premier, and from his Ministers, I sadly do not expect that day to be soon. 

 

I do hold on to some slim hope, but I need a valid reason to want to vote Labor at the next state election. If the Labor Party doesn't care enough about youth to enact something as basic as an equal age of consent, then how can they be trusted to care about anything else in our community?

 

Labor needs to prove that it has a sense of ethical morality, because that's a quality with which voters in all regions of Queensland can identify.

 

yours sincerely,

 

John

 

John Frame
presenter of Queer Radio www.queerradio.org
on community radio 4ZZZ fm102.1
Brisbane, Australia
Ph: 07 3350 1562 / 0409 501 561
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