*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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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.  

 


 

(for a 100dpi jpg image of the original letter click here)

 

Queensland Government

Office of the Premier

 

For reply please quote: 90577, 92214/ JM33/ LJP

 

31 MAY 2006

 

Mr John Frame

82 Main Avenue

WAVELL HEIGHTS QLD 4012

 

 

Dear John

 

Thank you for your letter of 10 April 2006 and email of 5 May 2006 concerning reform of Queensland's sodomy law and information about the age of consent for sodomy. I have been requested to reply to you on the Premier's behalf.

 

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.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Rob Whiddon

Chief of Staff

 

Executive Building

100 George Street Brisbane

P0 Box 15185 City East

Queensland 4002 Australia

Telephone +61 7 3224 4500

Facsimile +61 7 3221 3631

Email Thepremier@premiers.qld.gov.au

Website www.thepremier.qld.gov.au