David Bowie & Russ Hinze
David Bowie & Russ Hinze

EDITOR’S SAY – A good week in Queensland

IT'S getting better all the time.

'Rubbish,' I hear you say - 'the world is in a terrible state.'

Hold on. I'm talking about two matters specific to this week in Queensland. Number one the Palaszczuk Government following in the footsteps of other states is taking action to expunge historic convictions for homosexual sex.

That means the Government has tasked the Queensland Law Reform Commission with recommending how historical convictions for consensual homosexual conduct can be removed from a person's record.

You see consensual homosexual sex was legalised in 1991in Queensland, but conviction records remained. These days, it is not unusual for prospective employers to do a criminal history check, so a clean sweep, among other things, leads the way to clear the fear.

Since 2013 each of the states, with the exception of Western Australia and Northern Territory, has in their own style created processes to clear conviction records. However, in December last year,

Tasmania went a step further and asked that a public apology be part of the parliamentary process. So there's one of the two good things I have noted this week.

The other reason that enabled me to put a good spin on the week was a newspaper article I came across while doing the social media rounds.

It referred to a responce by former Bjelke-Petersen Government Minister Russ Hinze to David Bowie's 1978 Brisbane arrival. He was quoted verbatim: "These pop singers," he growled "Come out here to make a quick quid by disturbing our peace and tranquillity. The fact that he's a Pommie as well wouldn't help."

So farewell to archaic laws and bad attitudes and welcome to the fragile world of tolerance.

Have a good weekend


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