*Age Of Consent & Legal Sexual Activity for the State of
22nd March 2006 Official Ministerial
Response posted by Queensland Attorney General Linda Lavarch
E-Petition Number 421-05 (which was finalised on
In preceding weeks the Courier Mail had reported that Peter Beattie was actively negotiating with the conservative religious Family First Party to secure preference deals for the upcoming state election (hoping to split the conservative vote). Successive polls had shown the Nationals to be almost certain to win at the next election. Nationals Leader Lawrence Springborg has clearly stated that they will not support an equal age of consent.
This is the official
Ministerial Response to the Parliamentary
E-petition calling for a truly equal age of consent under the Criminal
Code. The E-petition was finalised on
to the Parliamentary E-Petition website on
As per pdf file http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/EPetitions_QLD/responses/421-05.pdf :-
In reply please quote: 2006/00703, J/06/00496
Mr Neil Laurie
Clerk of the Parliament
Cnr Alice and George Streets
Dear Mr Laurie
Petition received by the
Thank you for your email dated
I am cognizant of the strong views held by many for the need for reform and agree that we need to ensure young people have access to safe sex information and that our laws operate fairly and justly.
The issue of the age of consent is a vexed one and one in which there are deeply held and opposing views. The Government has no plans to alter the applicable law.
I trust this is of assistance to you.
Hon Linda Lavarch MP
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice