Campaign for Age Of Consent awareness & removal of The Sodomy Law in Queensland

*Age Of Consent & Legal Sexual Activity for the State of Queensland, Australia - A campaign to remove our Sodomy Law (which was enacted in 1990).

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27th May 2004 Letter to Premier Peter Beattie, Attorney General Rod Welford and Neil Roberts MP (my local MP). I request a clear timeframe for removal of the Sodomy Law. With their renewed massive majority in the current (February 2004) Parliamentary term this should present no political risk.  I remind that Queensland is the only Australian State or Territory to retain such a law.


From: John Frame

(Queer Radio Presenter / Coordinator)

82 Main Avenue,

Wavell Heights 4012

Ph: 3350 1562 /  0409 501 561

jvframe@bigpond.net.au  www.queerradio.org

 

Date: 27th May 2004.

 

To:     Neil Roberts MP for Nudgee

          Hon. Premier Peter Beattie MP

          Attorney General Rod Welford MP

 

Re:     Ongoing unresolved reform of Queensland’s “Sodomy Law” (Sections 208 and 209 of the Criminal Code).

 

Dear Sirs,

 

I am writing to you all to request a clear statement about a timeframe for reform of Queensland’s Sodomy Law – Sections 208 and 209 of the Queensland Criminal Code.

 

You will be aware that I have been in correspondence with each of you, or with your departments, since March 2000 regarding the vital social justice aspects which impact especially on gay and bisexual male youth, and which will continue to do so until these sections are removed.

 

As you are all informed and reasonable persons, I must believe that you also personally agree that this law must be reformed. Mr Beattie’s official statement as Chair of the 1990 PCJC Committee on Homosexual Law Reform was in clear opposition to the enactment of any Sodomy Law. Therefore I must conclude that, as a Government, you perceive a political advantage in continuing to delay reform. I believe however that Queensland’s current position, as the only Australian State or Territory maintaining a Sodomy Law, is both ethically unsupportable and morally questionable.

 

I also believe that it is only fair and reasonable that you advise a clear timeframe for enacting reform. You have a massive majority in this current Parliament, and this is a matter of clear social justice for the protection and support of youth.

 

I welcome an early and positive reply.

 

As previously advised, all of the correspondence regarding my efforts toward this reform, since February 2000, is on public record via my website at www.queerradio.org/AgeOfConsent.htm. I believe this site has been the major source of accurate public information on age of consent and lawful sexual activity in Queensland since its inception and I look forward to the day when that webpage is no longer a necessity.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

John Frame.