Entry #1711: Equal age of consent in Queensland

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IssueEqual age of consent
Start Date1990
End Datenow
DescriptionFemale same-gender sexual activity always legal. Male same-gender sexual activity legalised in 1990. This does not include 'sodomy' (anal intercourse)- it is illegal for anyone regardless of orientation or gender under 18 to partake in.
SourcesPatterson, C (1992). "Queensland - Years of Change". Australian Gay and Lesbian Law Review 1 (Autumn): 88.
Reports (12)
  • Newer law has been passed "Amended in 2016 such that it is equal at 16"
  • Status is not correct
  • Newer law has been passed "In 2016 a law was passed to both change the wording of the law from sodomy to anal intercourse, and to change the age of consent to 16, in line with all other sexual acts. In this way, homosexuality is treated the same as heterosexuality in the legal code regarding consent. https://m.qt.com.au/news/gay-queenslanders-now-have-same-age-consent/3047067/"
  • Status is not correct "The age of consent in Queensland, Australia has since been equalised in 2016."
  • Status is not correct "Delete this one, the other one is correct"
  • Status is not correct "Age of consent was changed so they are both the same in 2016"
  • Status is not correct "Anal intercourse between men was permitted since 16 Sep 2016 https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-15/queensland-standardises-age-of-consent-laws-anal-sex/7850112"
  • Status is not correct "http://www.legalaid.qld.gov.au/Find-legal-information/Relationships-and-children/Relationships/Having-sex#toc-16-and-over-2"
  • Status is not correct
  • Newer law has been passed "Age of consent for anal sex was equalised in September 2016. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-15/queensland-standardises-age-of-consent-laws-anal-sex/7850112"
  • Newer law has been passed "On 16 June 2016, the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Cameron Dick, introduced to the parliament the Health and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016. Among other things, the legislation amended the state Criminal Code to standardise the age of consent for all forms of sexual intercourse to 16 years and replaced "anachronistic, value-laden" and stigmatising references to "sodomy" with the neutral term "anal intercourse". The bill was reviewed by the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee, which tabled its report to parliament on 1 September 2016. The committee recommend the bill be passed in full by the parliament, finding that the existing law was "particularly discriminatory to same-sex attracted young men and could inhibit their ability to receive advice on sexual health", and that it denied "peer acceptance and community support" to gay and bisexual youth. The bill passed the parliament on 15 September 2016 and went into effect following royal assent on 23 September 2016."
  • Newer law has been passed "Age of consent equal for all in Queensland Source: http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-15/queensland-standardises-age-of-consent-laws-anal-sex/7850112"

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