Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party - Score 'Good'
Note: The page below has been archived and will no longer be updated. In the months leading up to Victoria’s state election on 26 November 2022, this page was updated and maintained to guide voters on the issue of sex workers’ rights.
On 26 November 2022, Victorians will vote in a state election. Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party is registered as a political party to contest this election.
We give Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party a ‘Good’ rating when it comes to sex workers’ rights. Why?
The Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party has two sitting members, Tania Maxwell and Stuart Grimley, both in the Upper House. In this term of parliament (2018 – 2022):
- both members voted YES to decriminalise sex work1
- both members voted YES to successfully introduce new laws which classify the non-payment of sex work service fees as sexual assault or rape2
- the party has no policy relating to sex work3
- Stuart Grimley’s speech on the sex work decriminalisation bill was mixed, with references to drugs, human trafficking and positive references to anti-sex worker groups4
- Stuart Grimley proposed amending the sex work decriminalisation bill to place restrictions on who can run brothels and by creating a brothel certificate system5
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1. For Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party voting record on sex work decriminalisation, see page 267 of Hansard for the Legislative Council of the Victorian Parliament on 10 February 2022
2. On 30 August 2022, both Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party members voted YES to pass the Justice Legislation Amendment (Sexual Offences and Other Matters) Bill 2022 (Vic). Clause 5 of the bill redefines sexual consent so that the non-payment of sexual service fees will be classified as rape or sexual assault. To see their voting record on this bill, see page 3139 of Hansard for 30 August 2022 in the Legislative Council.
3. See Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party policies
4. Stuart Grimley speech see Hansard of the Legislative Council of the Victorian Parliament on 10 February 2022
Stuart Grimley’s focus on human trafficking and exploitation (pages 208-209, 221, 250-251), statement focussing on women exiting the industry (pages 222 and 253), reference to the opinion of anti-sex work groups (page 221).
5. View Stuart Grimley’s proposed amendments about brothels on pages 263-264 and page 266 of Hansard of the Legislative Council of the Victorian Parliament on 10 February 2022.
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Last updated: 16 December 2022