*Age Of Consent & Legal Sexual Activity for the State of
29th July 2009 Email to Premier
Anna Bligh, Attorney-General Cameron Dick and to the Courier Mail as well as The Australian. On the
previous evening, 28 July 2009, Tony Fitzgerald – author of the 1989 Fitzgerald
Report on widespread official corruption in
----- Original Message -----
From: John Frame
Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 6:54 PM
Subject: The Fitzgerald Report recommendation for a truly equal age of consent
To Premier Anna Bligh and Attorney-General Cameron Dick,
Dear Premier and Attorney-General,
Please find below, for your reference, a copy of the letter which I have submitted tonight to the Courier Mail in regard to your ongoing refusal to enact equal age of consent reform.
To The Editor, The Courier Mail
Tony Fitzgerald is right in highlighting the failings of the Beattie/Bligh Labor team these last 12 years.
One key point against them is their refusal to follow the Fitzgerald Report related recommendation for a truly equal age of consent at 16. Premiers Beattie and Bligh and their five Attorneys-General have all failed to amend the Criminal Code to be in accord with a majority Recommendation made by the 1990 PCJC Committee reporting on Reforms in Laws Related to Homosexuality, which was ""THE AGE OF CONSENT FOR HOMOSEXUAL ACTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF SEXUAL EQUALITY AND ANTI-DISCRIMINATION BE THE SAME FOR MALES AS IT IS FOR FEMALES, IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER THE SEXUAL ACT IS HETEROSEXUAL OR HOMOSEXUAL.”
The PCJC Report includes Committee Chairman Peter Beattie's written support for that Recommendation.
The higher minimum age of 18 for anal intercourse exists only because of a “behind closed doors” decision by the Goss Labor Cabinet, as a token of consolation to its own handful of ultra conservative MPs. It was introduced in the November 1990 Bill which otherwise “decriminalised” sex between men.
Queensland Labor's own policy platform specifically supports equal age of consent reform, so why is our Labor Government still refusing to commit to this vital aspect of social reform? Are they waiting for another Fitzgerald Inquiry to twist their arm?
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