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Mr MARSHALL: […] I would like this Bill to be withdrawn and the controversial clauses redrafted. […] The clauses dealing with the age of consent for sodomy do not accord with my principles. I simply ask: do we concede that male-to-male sex is normal behaviour for 16-year-olds? If we do, our philosophy on life has become very confused. The age of consent for homosexual sex should not be lowered to 16 years. Adolescence is hard enough for young lads without their having to deal with predatory men looking for sex. These men regard 16-year-old lads as prey to be hunted down for sex. I am not happy that that could happen.

Mr Johnson: The Premier is.

Dr Gallop: You should withdraw that.

Withdrawals of Remarks

Mr McRAE: Madam Deputy Speaker –

Mr Johnson: Here he goes!

Mr McRAE: The member for Hillarys said that the Premier was in favour of legislative changes that would encourage predatory sexual behaviour towards children under the age of 16. That is clearly unparliamentary and it casts –

Mr Johnson: No it is not. You should teach him something.

Mr Barnett: Sit down. You have finished your point of order.

Mr McRAE: I am waiting.

Mr Barnett: Sit down. Do not intimidate this Parliament!

Mr McRAE: Madam Deputy Speaker, I ask that you require the member to withdraw.

Mr JOHNSON: The member for Riverton does not know what he is talking about. I did not refer adversely to the Premier or any other member. I stated an absolute fact; that is, the Premier is leading a Government that is putting forward a Bill that will allow old homosexuals to treat 16-year-old boys as prey.

Mr Hyde: That is a disgusting lie! You are full of filth!

Mr BARNETT: Madam Deputy Speaker, I demand that you ask the member for Perth to withdraw that.

Mr HYDE: I withdraw.

Mr BARNETT: It was clearly unparliamentary. He should withdraw.

Dr Gallop: He did withdraw.

Mr BARNETT: I want him to withdraw properly.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member has withdrawn.

Mr HYDE: Do you want me to take the condom off too?

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member stood and withdrew. I ask the member to make his comments only from his seat and to ensure that –

Mr HYDE: I apologise.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: There is no point of order. The member was merely stating an opinion. Whether or not it is a fact, I am sure will be ascertained as the debate ensues.

Subject: Acts Amendment (Lesbian and Gay Law Reform) Bill 2001 [Legislative Assembly – Second Reading]

Date: 5 December 2001

Hansard reference: pp. 6495b – 6532a [online (pdf)]

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