Panel looks into lowering age of consent

AN EXPERT panel will look into making 16 the age of consent for all sexual acts.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath told a parliamentary estimates committee that health experts would be among those considering whether the consent age for anal intercourse should be lowered from 18 to 16.

The consent age for other sexual activity is 16.

"The government is aware of the concerns of the LGBTI community in relation to this discrepancy, and in particular their claim that it is discriminatory and a barrier to young people accessing safe sex information," she said on Thursday morning.

"At the same time, the government recognises there are strong conflicting views held by Queenslanders about this issue."

Ms D'Ath said the government was committed to removing the gay panic defence for assault cases, but was still considering whether to expunge historical gay sex convictions.

"The legal position is not straightforward on this matter, as historically the same offence provision applied whether or not the act was consensual and between two adults or whether a child was involved," she said.

Opposition shadow attorney-general Ian Walker said the LNP had not considered its position on consent age, but the party supported expunging criminal records for homosexual sex when it was an offence and dumping the gay panic defence.

- APN NEWSDESK


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