As someone who grew up in Queensland in the 1980s and early 1990s – think Joh Bjelke-Petersen, corruption and, in terms of homosexuality, criminalisation followed by an unequal age of consent – I take a keen interest in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues in the ‘Sunshine State’.
For many years, progress on LGBTI law reform in Queensland had stalled – but the election of the Palaszczuk Labor Government in early 2015 has seen a large number of overdue changes finally come to fruition.
This page draws together my submissions to consultations and parliamentary inquiries on LGBTI policy and law reform in the ‘home’ state of my youth:
- Submission re Queensland Criminal Law (Historical Homosexual Convictions Expungement) Bill 2017
- Submission re Queensland Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2016
- Submission to QLRC Review of Expunging of Criminal Convictions for Historical Gay Sex Offences
- Submission re Queensland Bill to (Finally) Equalise the Age of Consent
- Submission re Queensland Adoption Legislation Amendment Bill 2016
- Submission to Review of the Queensland Adoption Act 2009
- Submission to Inquiry into Queensland Civil Partnerships Bill
Finally, as part of my series looking at LGBTI anti-discrimination laws around the country, and how well (or poorly) they protect our communities, please read What’s Wrong With the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991?