Victorian Parliament Decriminalises Sex Work
February 11, 2022: I've been in Parliament sittings during February to witness the passing of the new law that decriminalises sex work - it's been DECADES in the making, so about bloody time!! This means Victoria joins NSW and the NT to become the third Australian jurisdiction to remove offences and criminal penalties for consensual sex work between adults. It's long overdue and comes into effect in May this year. I'm elated for all the people who'll be positively impacted by this common sense law which means they can now legally and safely undertake sex work.
From The Age: 'The changes follow a 2019 review, led by Reason Party MP Fiona Patten, which recommended a full decriminalisation of the industry, including street-based sex work, and regulating it through the Occupational Health and Safety Act, with WorkSafe taking over from Victoria Police as regulator. Following the announcement, Ms Patten described the proposed package as “fair” and “decent” reforms that would remove “a discriminatory law, not imposing a new law”.