*Age Of Consent & Legal Sexual Activity for the State of
From the website of Queer
Radio, the gay & lesbian
Community Radio program on 4ZZZ fm102.1 in
This comprehensive file
records all of my efforts, since February 2000, in attempting to get the
Queensland Government to either reform Queensland law to a true equal age of
consent of 16 (as their own Committee
recommended in 1990) or to at least properly inform its public about the
correct interpretation of Age Of Consent in relation to lawful sexual activity.
Nowhere else in Australia is there a law which discriminates on the basis of consenting sexual activity - the Age Of Consent is TRULY equal for men and women at 17 in South Australia and Tasmania, and at 16 in New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria, Canberra and the Northern Territory.
Around the world "sodomy" is a legal term which has
been used to mean various sexual activities - sometimes all sex that is not "penis in
vagina" sex (even for heterosexuals). Some
The Queensland Attorney General advises that our sodomy law
applies only to "a penis entering an anus". Therefore there is no doubt that the
Queensland sodomy law actively discriminates purely on the basis of private
consenting behaviour, which is the same reason that the USA sodomy laws were
Since early 2000, I have made
every effort to lobby the Beattie Government directly, to garner LGBT community
support, to raise the profile of this issue in LGBT media and to get mainstream
media to present the issue to the public. So far the only mainstream media
coverage has come from national youth radio TripleJ (Steve Cannane’s The Hack, 14th Feb ’05) and local ABC Radio612 (Steve Austin, 20th June
’05). Alternative media in the form of
January 2004 I emailed each individual Member of Parliament in
On the eve of Valentine’s Day
2005 a Queensland Parliamentary E-Petition went online seeking support for
an equal age of consent through Sodomy Law Reform. It closed on
On 15th July 2005 Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Susan Booth wrote to the Attorney-General and to the Premier stating her official opinion that the Sodomy Law must be reformed urgently. Unfortunately the Commission is not chartered to enforce action on State law.
On 14th July 2005 Brisbane Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays wrote to the Attorney-General and the Premier asking for urgent reform.
In Mid-October 2005 a letter co-signed by over twenty eminent community organizations and groups was sent to the Attorney General, the Premier and to the Ministers for Heath, Child Safety and Education.
On 3rd February 2010 the Hon Michael D. Kirby AC CMG, retired Justice of the High Court of Australia, issued a strong statement of support for equal age of consent reform.
It is clear that fear of
losing votes is all that is holding back reform, and the Government should not
be allowed to value votes more than they value the health and welfare of
I encourage you to send your own letters to the Attorney General Cameron Dick, with copies to both Premier Anna Bligh and to your own local Member of Parliament. Their contact details are all listed at: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/view/legislativeAssembly/members.asp?area=members&LIndex=1&Subarea=members