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31st May 2006 Letter from Premier Peter Beattie – still no action. The Premier acknowledges my 10th April 2006 letter and my 5th May 2006 email. However he addresses not one of the issues that I had raised in those communications – which had included asking how the Premier morally justifies his inaction. I am advised that the Premier “appreciates your ongoing efforts to keep him apprised of your views on this issue.” However the Premier is well aware that these are not my views alone – they are shared by the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Susan Booth, the management of the Queensland AIDS Council, Brisbane Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays and by 740 Queensland citizens who were signatories to the 2005 Parliamentary E-Petition – and shared by many others.
The Premier perceives an advantage in trying to portray me as being a “lone voice”. There is no doubt that the lack of community action is primarily due to the current lack of a broadly focused local LGBT rights group, and to the almost complete disintegration of university student action groups. The other major problem is that there is only one statewide newspaper – The Courier Mail – and their senior editors have so far refused to print any relevant article on this overdue reform.
Office of the Premier
For reply please quote: 90577, 92214/ JM33/ LJP
31 MAY 2006
Mr John Frame
WAVELL HEIGHTS QLD 4012
Thank you for your letter of
There is little I can add to clarify the Premier's position in relation to the matters that you have raised. Nevertheless, the Premier appreciates your ongoing efforts to keep him apprised of your views on this issue.
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