25 July 2018: Labor Reveals Sex Work Platform

Labor reveals its Platform 2018, which outlines its priorities and goals for the coming years. Not the same as party policy, the Platform lays out ambitions and priorities rather than promises to deliver outcomes or implement certain policies. 

Clause 5.2.2 on page 87 of the Platform relates to sex work and says, 

“Labor will recommend that the Victorian Law Reform Commission consider decriminalisation of all sex work in Victoria as per other systems recognised internationally by human rights organisations.”

In practice, matters can only be referred to the Victorian Reform Commission either by community referral or by the Victorian Attorney General, Jill Hennessy. 

This places the Attorney General in a central position in the long path to sex work decriminalisation