Prostitution on WA/QLD Govt Agenda

The West Australian Govt proposed prostition legislation will not be debated until after the State election, to be held in March 2013. After the election the bill will get an easier passage if the Liberal Govt increases its majority. Premier Barnett has said that he will make the prostitution legislation an election issue.

Action: FamilyVoice, the Association for Reformed Political Action and other groups are asking people to write to their local MP to explain their concerns with the legislation.

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POSTED 19 Oct 2012
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Tassie Prostitution

The Australian Christian Lobby reports that “Tasmania Police had missed an opportunity to promote long-lasting change for the community by backing the legalisation and regulation of the sex industry in its submission to the Justice Department consultation on prostitution.

“ACL’s Tasmanian Director Mark Brown said Queensland Police had adopted a similar approach prior to brothels being legalised in that state in 1999, but by any measure this approach had been a failure.

“Ninety-percent of prostitution remains unregulated in Queensland despite assurances that it would protect those involved in the trade,” Mr Brown said.” For full ACL story click here.

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POSTED 19 Sep 2012
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Prostitution on WA/QLD Govt Agenda

The West Australian Govt has put its proposed leglisation of prostition legislation back on the agenda although it could run out of time to debate the legislation before the next state election to be held in March.

The Australian Christian Lobby’s spokesman on prostitution laws, Michelle Pearse said in the ACL August newsletter that WA Premier has broken his pledge to investigate the successful Nordic policy. “Instead of trying to force what is clearly ineffective policy through the Parliament, the government should send a delegation to Nordic countries and talk to their government and policy officials about the success of their model,” Mrs Pearse said.In related news, a QLD hotel was found to be in breach of the Anti-Discrimination Act by denying a sex worker a room. The QLD Attorney General is investigating the ruling. The Australian Christian Lobby said the case showed their was a need for prostution reform as QLD has already legalised prostitution. ACL QLD director Wendy Francis said no other legitimate occupation includes the regular threat of sex slavery, violence, disease, organised crime and human trafficking. For more from ACL click here.

Action: FamilyVoice, the Association for Reformed Political Action and other groups are asking people to write to their local MP to explain their concerns with the legislation.

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POSTED 19 Sep 2012
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WA and Tassie Prostitution Bills

A compromised bill is expected to go through the WA Parliament in the second half of May. It will most likely include a sunset clause which will legalise prostitution, which is currently legal, for five years before making it illegal again.

Action: people are encouraged to speak to their Labor Members of parliament urging them to maintain their opposition to the bill and any move to introduce a sunset clause. Speak also to Liberal members who are supporting the sunset clause.

Tasmania Prostitution Paper

Meanwhile in Tasmania, the Attorney General Brian Wightman released a discussion paper on the Regulation of the Sex Industry. For more info and discussion paper click here.

Action: the Australian Christian Lobby, Association for Reformed Political Action, Saltshakers and other organisations say it is a good time to write to local MPs in WA and Tasmania.

Action: The ACL’s Make a Stand Website has launched the “Women are worth more” campaign for Tasmania in addition to the WA campaign of the same name. Send your local MP a letter using the Make a Stand website.

In the WA campaign as at 11 June 2012, 1220 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

In the tasmanian campaign as at 11 June 2012, 630 people had sent a letter to their MP using the Make a Stand website.  

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POSTED 11 Jun 2012
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WA and Tassie Prostitution Bills

A compromised bill is expected to go through the WA Parliament in the second half of May. It will most likely include a sunset clause which will legalise prostitution, which is currently legal, for five years before making it illegal again.

Action: people are encouraged to speak to their Labor Members of parliament urging them to maintain their opposition to the bill and any move to introduce a sunset clause. Speak also to Liberal members who are supporting the sunset clause.

Tasmania Prostitution Paper

Meanwhile in Tasmania, the Attorney General Brian Wightman released a discussion paper on the Regulation of the Sex Industry. For more info and discussion paper click here.

Action: the Australian Christian Lobby, Association for Reformed Political Action, Saltshakers and other organisations say it is a good time to write to local MPs in WA and Tasmania.

Action: The ACL’s Make a Stand Website has launched the “Women are worth more” campaign for Tasmania in addition to the WA campaign of the same name. Send your local MP a letter using the Make a Stand website.

In the WA campaign as at 2 May 2012, 1216 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

In the tasmanian campaign as at 2 May 2012, 630 people had sent a letter to their MP using the Make a Stand website.  

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POSTED 4 May 2012
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Canadian Prostitution Laws

The Ontario Court of Appeal intends to release its landmark decision on the legality of the country’s prostitution laws on Monday. After deliberating for nine months, a five-judge panel of the court will decide whether or not prostitution provisions on the basis that they actually endanger prostitutes rather than add to their safety.

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POSTED 24 Mar 2012

WA and Tassie Prostitution Bills

The Sunday Times, (March 25, 2012 pg9, Joe Spagnolo, Madam aids Pastor MP) reported that Christian Pastor and Member for Morley, Ian Britza accepted $1500 in donations from brothel owner Mary Anne Kenworthy. Britza said he would be supporting the Government bill to legalise prostution but that the donation did not influence his decision.

On March 21, 2012 the member for Carine, Tony Krsticevic MLA tabled a petition of 1078 signatures calling for the WA Prostitution Bill, which will legalise prostitution, to be heavily amended or rejected completely. The Labor Party has said it would oppose the bill while the Liberal Party members have been given a conscience vote.

The Attorney General, Christian Porter is said to be happy to work with the Labor Party to get the Government’s Prostitution laws through Parliament. Until now the Labor Party has said it would not support the bill. Fremantle MLA Adele Carles has gone to Sweden to dtermine whether the model used in that country could be adapted to WA.

Action: People are being asked to thank Tony Krsticevic for tabling this petition.

Action: people are encouraged to speak to their Labor Members of parliament urging them to maintain their opposition to the bill.

Meanwhile in Tasmania, the Attorney General Brian Wightman released a discussion paper on the Regulation of the Sex Industry. Submissions are due by 9 March. For more info and discussion paper click here.

Action: the Australian Christian Lobby, Association for Reformed Political Action, Saltshakers and other organisations say it is a good time to write to local MPs in WA and Tasmania.

Action: The ACL’s Make a Stand Website has launched the “Women are worth more” campaign for Tasmania in addition to the WA campaign of the same name. Send your local MP a letter using the Make a Stand website.

In the WA campaign as at 25 March 2012, 1207 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

In the tasmanian campaign as at 25 March 2012, 508 people had sent a letter to their MP using the Make a Stand website.

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POSTED 6 Mar 2012
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WA and Tassie Prostitution Bills

The WA Govt did not debate the Prostitution Bill in the final sitting week of parliament for 2011. The next opportunity it can be debated is Feb 21, 2012. The Bill will make prostitution, for the first time, legal in WA. The Labor Party has said it would oppose the bill while the Liberal Party members have been given a conscience vote.

View the Govt press release

Read the ACL response

Meanwhile in Tasmania, the Attorney General Brian Wightman released a discussion paper on the Regulation of the Sex Industry. Submissions are due by 9 March. For more info and discussion paper click here.

Action: the Australian Christian Lobby, Association for Reformed Political Action, Saltshakers and other organisations say it is a good time to write to local MPs in WA and Tasmania.

Action: The ACL’s Make a Stand Website has launched the “Women are worth more” campaign for Tasmania in addition to the WA campaign of the same name. Send your local MP a letter using the Make a Stand website.

In the WA campaign as at 18 Feb 2012, 1198 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

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POSTED 18 Feb 2012
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WA Prostitution

The WA Govt did not debate the Prostitution Bill in the final sitting week of parliament for 2011. The next opportunity it can be debated is Feb 21, 2012. The Bill will make prostitution, for the first time, legal in WA. The Labor Party has said it would oppose the bill while the Liberal Party members have been given a conscience vote.

View the Govt press release

Read the ACL response

 Action: the Australian Christian Lobby, Association for Reformed Political Action, Saltshakers and other organisations say it is a good time to write to local MPs.

Action: The ACL’s Make a Stand Website has launched the “Women are worth more” campaign. Send your local MP a letter using the Make a Stand website.

As at 22 Nov 2011, 1188 people had sent a letter to their MP using this service.

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POSTED 23 Dec 2011
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Sexualisation

The ABC Q&A programme (12 Sept 2011) featured Melinda Tankard Reist who spoke about the sexualisation of woman and prostitution laws. For program: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/txt/s3310541.htm

SBS TV had a program on 16 Sept 2011 called: Trafficked-The Reckoning, which talks about the trafficking of woman into sex slavery in Australia. To watch or for more: http://www.sbs.com.au/documentary/program/traffickedthereckoning/about/synopsis

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POSTED 21 Sep 2011
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