News (Australia), November 26, 2003
Age of Consent for Gays Lowered
Northern Territory Aids Council has welcomed a new law passed in parliament
last night bringing the age of consent for homosexual males from 18 years to
Country Liberal Party members crossed the floor to vote with the Territory
Government after a parliamentary debate which lasted until 3.00am.
Council spokesman, Frank Farmer, says the new laws will not have any immediate
effect on boys’ behaviour but will help them in the long term.
I’m hoping is that this would make it more easier for young gay men to
access appropriate health services for example, or couselling services, or
support services to talk about their sexuality, if that’s what they wish to
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