• Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick. (AAP)Source: AAP
Queensland's health minister has announced plans to make age of consent laws equal for both homosexual and heterosexual sex.
By
Drew Sheldrick

25 May 2016 - 12:11 PM  UPDATED 25 May 2016 - 12:11 PM

A day after Victoria's Parliament apologised for laws criminalising homosexual acts, Queensland's government has announced it will move to amend unequal age of consent laws that make it illegal for men to engage in homosexual behaviour until the age of 18.

Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick told Fairfax Media Wednesday that, following advice from an expert panel, amending the age of consent to 16 - as it is for heterosexual sex - was the only course of action the government could take.

"By making this change, we are addressing the disparity between the age of consent for penetrative sex, which has resulted in adverse consequences for young people in this state," he said.

"It is clear that inconsistent age of consent laws act as a barrier to young people accessing safe sexual health information.

"It is time that Queensland modernised its framework."

Queensland is the last state in Australia to have unequal age of consent laws, despite years of lobbying from health and LGBTQI advocates for change.

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