brogden election signals responsible debate on age of consent for homosexuals and drug law reform

Thursday, 28 March 2002 NSWCCL media release: 1/2002


NSW Council for Civil Liberties President, Mr Cameron Murphy, today said he anticipated that today's election of a new Liberal leader, Mr John Brogden will create a new and responsible debate on important social issues like lowering the age of consent for homosexuals and drug law reform. 

Mr Murphy said: 

"It is about time that we had a political leader willing to engage difficult and often unpopular issues like drug law reform and the age of consent for homosexuals." 

"Mr Brogden should be congratulated on standing up for what he believes in rather than grovelling to ill-informed populism." 

"For too long, all sides of politics have reduced and diminished themselves for talkback radio and the shock jocks." 

"It is refreshing to see a political leader willing to advocate and promote discussion of these important social issues." 

"With the 2003 State election less than a year away, it is too easy for politicians to be enticed into a law and order auction." 

"It is also re-assuring to hear a political leader talk about rehabilitation rather than brutal punishment for young people with drug addiction." 

"What we need in NSW are radical alternatives to tough punishment and bigoted discrimination against homosexuals." 

"I am confident that Mr Brogden can deliver sensible alternatives that reduce imprisonment and remove discrimination against homosexuals." 

For further information contact: 
Cameron Murphy, 
NSWCCL President 
0411 769 769