*Age Of Consent & Legal Sexual Activity for the State of
March 2008 Email to Editor of the Courier Mail (C.c.
Premier Anna Bligh, Attorney-General Kerry Shine) regarding the
----- Original Message -----
From: John Frame
Sent: Saturday, March 22, 2008 2:35 PM
Subject: Qld Health Department not alone in Qld's "Culture Of Inaction"
to The Editor, The Courier Mail
C.c. Premier Anna Bligh, Attorney-General Kerry Shine
Re: Qld Health Department not alone in Qld's "Culture Of Inaction"
The Courier Mail's 22nd March 2008 front page refers to the "culture of inaction" within the Beattie and Bligh Governments of Queensland. However the Health department is clearly not an isolated case. For the last three years they have refused to act on a written recommendation by Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Susan Booth (dated 15th July 2005), that the age of consent be equalised at 16 - amending the current law which actively discriminates especially against 16 and 17 year old same sex attracted youth.
Mr Beattie Chaired the 1990 Parliamentary Criminal Justice Committee in which he declared his support for the majority Recommendation for a truly equal age of consent at 16. This had also been specifically recommended in the May 1990 Report of the Criminal Justice Commission entitled “Reforms in Laws Relating to Homosexuality – an Information Paper” by the Fitzgerald Inquiry. Sadly the Goss Cabinet decided instead to introduce a Bill with a higher minimum age for anal intercourse (effectively setting a higher age for male to male sex).
For the last eight years the Beattie and Bligh administrations have been aware that the current law also exposes youth to increased risk of HIV because the law actively impedes adequate relevant safe sex education for those youth (whether straight or gay) who might choose to engage in anal intercourse (estimated at 20% of ALL youth by La Trobe University research).
The Queensland Government
refuses to declare any detailed reason for their ongoing inaction on equal
age of consent reform. It is an embarrassing fact that since 2003
If the Bligh Government has
any real sense of moral conviction then it must act immediately
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