Bjelke Petersen Cabinet documents released


Bjelke Petersen

The levels of homophobia within Queensland’s Bjelke Petersen government in the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic have been revealed with the release of 1985 cabinet records.

The 30-year-old records show that despite health authorities advising them otherwise, senior figures in the Queensland Government would not even want the public to use a pool that a gay person had swam in.

The then welfare, youth and ethnic affairs minister, Geoff Muntz made his thoughts particularly clear.

He told Cabinet a NSW religious school banned students from a pool that recently hosted a Mardi Gras event.

“As a parent, I would have strong reservations about letting young people compete in a pool that was used for such a sick event as a gay swimming carnival.

“It seems these people who promote such an immoral, unnatural and deviant lifestyle are turning up everywhere in New South Wales. You’ll never hear of a gay Mardi Gras or gay swimming carnival in Queensland.”

Thankfully history has shown that Muntz was wrong. Very wrong!

Queensland now enjoys fabulous LGBTI festivals in Brisbane and other regional centres across the state.

The state has hosted numerous gay swimming carnivals. It is also home to a permanent LGBT swim squad Aqualicious. Competing against other masters swimming squads across the state, Aqualicious have won many major racing meets including several state championships!

As for Geoff Muntz, the man who described homosexuals as “immoral”… The Fitzgerald Inquiry made findings about his morality. Found guilty of misappropriating ministerial expenses in 1991, a court sentenced the former minister to 12 months in prison.

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Nerelle Harper

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