Councillors' views - Jerome Appleby

Read the latest City Limits Magazine column by Councillor Jerome Appleby.

  This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 50 - December 2015.

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Council recently passed a motion opposing the Hon Michelle Lensink’s Statutes Amendment (Decriminalisation of Sex Work) Bill 2015 which is before State Parliament. 

The legislation is based on the flawed model that decriminalises prostitution and transfers policing of it to local councils.  The model is in operation in New Zealand and New South Wales and has been a disaster for both.

New Zealand

Deputy Mayor of Christchurch Ngaire Button has stated that:  “What we’ve found is that this whole thing has taken up so many resources… Our staff have spent hours, weeks, months, over the last few years trying to manage prostitution in the city. We had 300 submissions from various groups in the city about signage.  We had a big stack of submissions, hundreds – asking us not to allow brothels in their area.  We can’t do anything about street prostitution…”

New South Wales

Hornsby Council in Sydney spent over $100K to unsuccessfully shut down an alleged illegal brothel.  The attempt even included the extraordinary step of paying a private investigator to have sex with a prostitute.  But when the matter went to court, the judge held that evidence was required of two or more prostitutes to shut down the premises.

Horsnby Councillor Nick Berman stated: “To have to invest ratepayers’ money to pay private investigators to have sex with prostitutes is, in itself, ludicrous. But to now have to send two, three, even four men in is bordering on the unbelievable.”

Yes it is.  South Australia should learn from these examples and not go there.

Councillor Jerome Appleby