*Age Of Consent & Legal Sexual Activity for the State of
October 2006 Email to
Premier Peter Beattie and Attorney General Linda Lavarch directing their
attention to the 16th October 2006 announcement by the Hong Kong
Government that they will no longer contest their High Courtís decisions that
an equal age of consent for sexual activity must apply to all citizens at age
16. I ask that the Premier and Attorney-General find the
----- Original Message -----
From: John Frame
Dear Premier and Attorney-General,
As you both know we are well into the
seventh long year in which I have been organising
community lobbying of your Government to reform the Criminal Code and
enact a truly equal age of consent. Apparently you do not consider
it sufficient to have received clear and concise advice from the
Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Susan Booth (in July 2005) that
this law ought to have been reformed urgently because it is definitely
discriminatory. However I am hoping you may find inspiration from the
announcement this week, as per the news item below, that
This reform in
The other issue which must be addressed at the same
time is to bring
Within every other
I await your favourable reply.
Ph: 07 3350 1562 / mobile: 0409 501 561
----"There is no substitute for equality"----
Author Not Stated (South African Press Association [SAPA] & Agence France-Presse [AFP]),
The decision followed a shaming government defeat in the courts when it vainly appealed against a judicial review's findings that the law governing the age of gay consent was unconstitutional.
In a short statement, the Security Bureau said it would not seek to reverse the court's decision.
"After considering all the relevant factors, the government decided not to appeal the judicial review," it read.
In a city that only decriminalised homosexuality in 1991, gays and lesbians had faced life imprisonment if they had performed sodomy before the age of 21. However, heterosexuals who had sex before 16 faced just a five-year sentence.
The court's decision in September rendered the law unenforceable and the next step will be for the administration to introduce legislation to remove the provision from the statute book.
"I fail to see on any basis the justification of this age limit," Chief High Court Judge Geoffrey Ma wrote in his judgement at the time.
"No evidence has been placed before us to explain why the minimum age requirement for buggery is 21 whereas as far as sexual intercourse between a man and a woman is concerned, the age of consent is only 16," he said.
The case had originally been brought by 21-year homosexual William Leung. His lawyer hailed the government decision.
"Now they are not appealing it, which means they accept the fact and the court's judgement," said Michael Vidler.
"It's about time the government initiates steps to remove the law without further delay. Failure to do so will be a slap in the face for the constitution," Vidler added.
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