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Garvinator
02-04-2008, 01:38 PM
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=113300


WA parliament passes brothel bill

Wednesday Apr 2 13:13 AEDT

The West Australian parliament has passed a controversial bill which will decriminalise brothels and give prostitutes basic working rights including superannuation and workers compensation.

The bill, passed Tuesday night, will see the regulation of brothels and escort agencies in WA, where prostitution is legal but running a brothel is not. Nor is living off the earnings of prostitution.

WA's Liberal opposition opposed the legislation but it passed with the support of independent MP Shelley Archer in exchange for the promise of drug, alcohol and sex education programs for Aboriginal children in the northern Kimberley region.

Opposition police spokesman Rob Johnson has renewed earlier criticism of the proposed laws, saying it would lead to increased activity by sex workers in suburban areas.

"What you will see now is a massive escalation of what I would call "mini brothels" operating in residential streets," he told ABC radio.

"You could see one opening up next door to you in a very short space of time."
Ok, so what I want to know is ;)

1) Will this be an equal opportunity employer?
2) What happens if an unemployed person refuses a job offer from centrelink for the advertised position of prostitute?

Desmond
02-04-2008, 02:10 PM
Are you embarking on a new career Garvo?

Kevin Bonham
02-04-2008, 02:36 PM
2) What happens if an unemployed person refuses a job offer from centrelink for the advertised position of prostitute?

There was a bungle like that where either Centrelink or one of its supposed job finding agencies directed a male to apply for a (female) sex worker position and the male, not surprisingly, complained and went public. Not sure which state it was but it was one where the position was legal.

The brothel owner's response was memorable; it was along the lines of "look, does he want the job or doesn't he?"


Opposition police spokesman Rob Johnson has renewed earlier criticism of the proposed laws, saying it would lead to increased activity by sex workers in suburban areas.

Looks like a typical Liberal Party morals scare campaign (not saying these are endemic to the Liberal Party of course!) Surely Western Australia's local councils have planning systems under which applications for brothels in certain locations can be opposed if the location is considered unsuitable?

Capablanca-Fan
02-04-2008, 02:46 PM
2) What happens if an unemployed person refuses a job offer from centrelink for the advertised position of prostitute?
There was a false urban legend (http://www.snopes.com/media/notnews/brothel.asp) that Women in Germany face the loss of unemployment benefits if they decline to accept work in brothels. Of course, if the LDP's tax-welfare plan (http://www.ldp.org.au/federal/policies/tax.html)were adopted, there would be no chance of Centrelink bullying any girls to become prostitutes, because there would be no Centrelink!