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Election Survey - New South Wales 2015 - Q5

Q5 - Prostitution

Prostitution problems - including drug abuse, street and child prostitution - have escalated in NSW following the decriminalisation of prostitution. Local councils currently have no power to refuse brothel applications even if opposed strongly locally. Local councils should have the legal right to refuse all brothel applications without such refusals being overturned.

Would you support local councils being given the power to prohibit all brothels in their local government area?


Party Reply                                                                                                            Score
 Christian Democratic Party

Yes definitely.

Labor Party

 Definitely not.

In 1995 the former Labor Government reformed prostitution laws in NSW to allow prostitution to be regulated under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 in order to promote public health and protect the community from the undesirable aspects of prostitution. We are prepared to work with experts to identify ways that these regulations can be improved, however we have no plans to change the regulation of prostitution in NSW.


Liberal - National Party


If re-elected, the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government will ask the NSW Parliament to establish a full Parliamentary inquiry into the regulation of brothels in NSW. The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government would appoint a Select Committee to conduct an inquiry into:

  • The appropriate regulatory and compliance functions for brothels for state and local governments, providing clear demarcation in roles and responsibilities
  • The appropriate treatment of brothels and associated sex industry premises in council planning instruments to improve decision making and maintain community amenity
  • The importance of public health outcomes across the sex industry

The Greens


While we support the devolution of planning powers and authority back to local councils rather than being centralised in the State Government, which could inherently affect the development applications of brothels, we would not support legislation aimed at granting local councils planning vetos over specific kinds of businesses and not others.


Authorised by: David Phillips, FamilyVoice Australia, 4th Floor, 68 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000


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