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24th April 2009 Email to Queensland Attorney-General Cameron Dick. I refer to my 21st April 2009 letter and I correct my statement about the age of an adult under Queensland Criminal law. I very recently became aware that the age has been 18 (and not 17 as I had thought) since at least 1994. I also praise the Attorney-General for his 23rd April 2009 maiden speech in Parliament, as per the Courier Mailís 24th April 2009 report: ďQUEENSLAND'S new Attorney-General and Industrial Relations Minister has looked to a former Labor premier for inspiration during his maiden speech. Mr Dick said former premier T.J. Ryan, who was elected to Parliament a century ago, epitomised the fierce, uncompromising and passionate advocate for the Labor cause. "Ryan believed in fairness and equity; in social, economic and industrial justice," Mr Dick said. "But, most importantly, he believed to his core in the never-ending and always necessary need for reform and progress. These are Queensland values. They are enduring Labor values. And they will guide me during my period of service in this House."

 

 

 

----- Original Message -----

From: John Frame

To: Attorney General

Sent: Friday, April 24, 2009 8:07 PM

Subject: correction re age of an adult in regard to Qld age of consent

 

Attention: Hon Attorney-General Cameron Dick

 

I refer to my letter and email which I sent to you earlier this week regarding outstanding equal age of consent reform in Queensland.

 

I wish to correct one point I made in error with respect to the current age of an "adult" under the Criminal Code - which, at 18, is the same in Queensland as for the rest of Australia. However all of the other information that I provided is correct.

 

Last night a QUT Law student emailed me asking if I was aware that amendments were made to the Criminal Code in October last year which actually made the effect of the "sodomy law" worse. And it is true. I am disappointed to find that rather than simply remove Sections 208 and 209, as had been recommended by the Qld Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Attorney-General Kerry Shine decided to consolidate them as Section 208, which meant that the penalty for attempting sodomy was effectively doubled from 7 to 14 years.

 

Today I was impressed to read the extract from your maiden speech in the Courier Mail, in which you praised T.J. Ryan (as quoted further below). I believe that by bringing Queensland into line with the rest of Australia with a truly equal age of consent you will be demonstrating full commitment to your stated ideals, and that this action can only reflect positively on Labor's ongoing values.   

 

yours sincerely,

 

John Frame
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As per the Courier Mail 24th April 2009: http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,25379079-3102,00.html

Cameron Dick, Greenslopes, ALP

QUEENSLAND'S new Attorney-General and Industrial Relations Minister has looked to a former Labor premier for inspiration during his maiden speech. Mr Dick said former premier T.J. Ryan, who was elected to Parliament a century ago, epitomised the fierce, uncompromising and passionate advocate for the Labor cause. "Ryan believed in fairness and equity; in social, economic and industrial justice," Mr Dick said. "But, most importantly, he believed to his core in the never-ending and always necessary need for reform and progress. These are Queensland values. They are enduring Labor values. And they will guide me during my period of service in this House."