Age Of Consent & Legal Sexual Activity for the State of
20th October 2008 Email to Editor of the Courier Mail (C.c. to Premier Anna Bligh and Attorney-General Kerry Shine) in which I highlight that Queensland’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner advised the Government on 15th July 2005 that the discriminatory unequal age of consent is in clear contravention of Article 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
This was the argument which brought international
pressure to force law reform in
----- Original Message -----
From: John Frame
Sent: Monday, October 20, 2008 1:48 PM
Subject: Is Anna Bligh listening to concerns for Qld youth?
To The Editor of the Courier Mail
Is Anna Bligh listening to concerns for Qld youth?
We're told that Premier Anna
Bligh has recently found the political value in listening to community
concerns about town planning and the environment. However she still seems
to be turning a deaf ear to broad community demand for law reform to
As per http://www.queerradio.org/AOC150705_ADCQ.htm : On 15th July 2005, both the Premier and Attorney-General were advised by Qld Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Susan Booth that the current unequal age of consent is in contravention of Article 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
This was the exact argument used in a United Nations Human Rights Committee challenge in 1994 which forced the Tasmanian Government to enact a truly equal age of consent. By late 2003 West Australia, New South Wales and the Northern Territory had enacted reform, leaving Queensland conspicuously alone in maintaining discriminatory age of consent legislation.
Government should care enough about the welfare of
In 2005 I organised a Parliamentary E-Petition which drew 740 signatories supporting urgent action. The Attorney-General's official response was limited to saying that there were no plans for reform. The Bligh Government has steadfastly refused to declare any bona fide reasoning for their inaction.
I can readily supply you with contact details of representatives of service organisations and community groups who strongly support this reform.
I welcome any query.
Ph: 07 3350 1562 / mobile: 0409 501 561
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