*Age Of Consent & Legal Sexual Activity for the State of
20th September 2000Response from the Health Ministerís Office confirming the phone advice that they, also, will not instigate a public awareness campaign.
The letter states that they consider this matter to be outside of their exact frame of reference and as such more appropriate for the Attorney-General and Justice Department (Yep! The original government department approached. This is becoming a cross between a circular argument and a hot potato Ė or is it just a political football?)
Transcript: (for image of original go to www.queerradio.org/Health200900.jpg )
Office Of Wendy Edmond MLA, Minister for Health
Date: 20 September 2000
Dear Mr Frame
I refer to documentation regarding your identification of the need for a public awareness campaign on age of consent and sodomy laws which was forwarded by the Office of the Minister for Families, Youth and Community Care. I regret the delay in providing a written response.
As discussed during our phone conversion in mid-July, the issue of a public awareness campaign on the age of consent and sodomy laws is most appropriately considered by the Department of Justice and Attorney General. While I acknowledge that there may be health ramifications associated with the sexual activity, improved health would not be the key outcome of a public awareness campaign focussing on age of consent and sodomy laws.
Given the finite resources of Queensland Health, funding is best targeted towards those areas which constitute the departmentís core business. In terms of protecting the health and well being of homosexually active men, this is achieved through significant funding of a range of carefully targeted programs run by Queensland Health and numerous non-government and community agencies.
Thank you for raising this matter and I trust this information is of assistance.