*Age Of Consent & Legal Sexual Activity for the State of
20th June 2008 Email to all
----- Original Message -----
From: John Frame
To: (sent as individual emails to each Queensland Member of Parliament)
Sent: Friday, June 20, 2008 2:08 PM
Subject: Important Queensland Age Of Consent update
To: (Member of Parliament's name and Electorate)
Regarding the ongoing harm caused by
2007 I posted to every Member of Parliament a DVD-Video/CD-ROM information
pack which included a clear statement by Queensland
Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Susan Booth that
This is a particularly shameful matter of fact for the
Goss Labor deliberately failed to get the law right in November 1990. They should have introduced a Bill which followed all nine majority recommendations made in the all party October 1990 Parliamentary Criminal Justice Committee (PCJC) "Report on Reforms in Laws Relating to Homosexuality". However a back-room decision was made to ignore the Report's "Recommendation 7" - which had declared, in no uncertain terms, that a truly equal age of consent was necessary.
Below I have "cut and pasted" Recommendation 7 from page 49 of the PCJC Report No 2 of 1990 "Reforms in Laws Relating to Homosexuality - An Information Paper”:
(see full Report copy stored at http://www.queerradio.org/PCJC_law_reform_report_October_1990.pdf)
THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS 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. (THIS PRINCIPLE IS HIGHLIGHTED IN
POINT ONE ON PAGE 60 OF THE COMMISSION’S REPORT.)
The PCJC Chairman was Mr. Peter Beattie and on page 72 of the Report he wrote "It therefore goes without saying that I am in full support of almost all aspects of this Report and certainly the first eight recommendations. Those recommendations are the majority recommendations of the Committee." Despite this 1990 declaration of support for an equal age of consent, Mr. Beattie flatly refused to act on this law reform during his long term as Premier.
Community attitudes have progressed and the Criminal Code needs to catch up urgently:
In the 1990 PCJC Report
(pages 64 to 69), the National and Liberal Committee Members (Mssrs.
Bill Gunn, Neville Harper and Santo Santoro) all signed a dissenting statement
opposing decriminalisation of sex between men and calling for the Criminal Code
to be amended so that "any person" could be imprisoned for one
year merely for saying that homosexuality was acceptable. They wanted an
extra year of imprisonment if the offending statement was made at a
Thankfully attitudes within the majority of the general public have matured significantly since 1990, along with their knowledge and awareness that same sex attraction is nothing at all to be feared - and that homosexuality is an innate and natural factor for a very significant proportion of human beings, just as it is in the rest of nature.
I must expect that the attitudes of the majority of our Members of Parliament have progressed in keeping with the general public and that the majority of them would honestly believe, in their hearts and minds, that their "same sex attracted" and "opposite sex attracted" children, family members, friends and workmates are all equally worthy of acceptance, support, love, respect and legal equity.
I urge the Bligh Government to seek the cooperation of compassionate Independent and Opposition Members in acting as swiftly as possible to bring Queensland into line with the rest of Australia in allowing equal support and protection for all youth through the enactment of a truly equal age of consent at 16 (which is the current age for legal "heterosexual" activity).
I welcome your action and response.
Ph: 07 3350 1562 / mobile: 0409 501 561
----"There is no substitute for equality"----