Section 5 presents a summary of the issues surrounding a uniform age of
consent, including the arguments for and against any reform (p 4).
The Australian Study of Health and Relationships is the largest study
regarding sexual and reproductive health to have ever been conducted in
Australia. Section 6 includes some of its findings in relation to the first
homosexual experience of male respondents who identified as having had a
homosexual experience at some point in their lives (p 8).
On 7 May 2003, the Hon Bob Debus MP tabled the Crimes Amendment (Sexual
Offences) Bill 2003 . The Bill seeks to provide for the equal treatment of
sexual offences irrespective of the gender of the offender and victim. One of
the results of the proposed reforms to the Crimes Act 1900 would be an
equal age of consent for all persons of 16 years. A feature of the Bill that
separates it from earlier private members’ bills of a similar nature is
its focus on the seriousness of sexual offences committed against children.
(Section 7: p 10).