*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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24th  January 2006 Letter from Lawrence Springborg, the Leader of The Opposition in Queensland - in response to my email of 19th January 2006. Mr Springborg incorrectly claims that the 1990 PCJC Report on Homosexual Law Reform had recommended a Sodomy Law. The Sodomy Law was actually introduced – against the Report’s Recommendation 7 – as part of the November1990 Bill which decriminalised male to male sexual activity. The decision to ignore the PCJC Report’s Recommendation 7 was made in private by the Goss Labor Cabinet - Hansard Records prove that the Sodomy Law was neither discussed nor debated in Parliament.

 

Mr Springborg also attempts to dismiss the validity of Sodomy Law Reform by claiming that “No circumstance has arisen since that time to justify any reconsideration of this position.” See my 27th January 2006 response.


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

 

Lawrence Springborg MP

Leader of the Opposition

Leader of The Nationals

 

24 January 2006

 

Mr John Frame

82 Main Avenue

WAVELL HEIGHTS QLD 4012

 

Dear Mr Frame

 

I refer to your email of 19 January 2006 in relation to the age of consent in respect of sodomy.

 

The Nationals do not support the changes being proposed by you and believe the current laws governing the age-of-consent are adequate.

 

In 1990 an all-party parliamentary committee, the Parliamentary Criminal Justice Committee investigated and rejected the very proposal being put forward by you.

 

No circumstance has arisen since that time to justify any reconsideration of this position.

 

Yours faithfully

 

LAWRENCE SPRINGBORG

Leader of the Opposition

 

KM/mh

 

Address: Par1iament House

              Alice Street  Brisbane

              QueensIand 4000 Australia

 

Telephone: (07) 3406 7997

Facsimile:   (07) 3221 1496

Email:         leader@opposition.qld.gov.au

Website:    www.springborg.com