Key Politicians

Fiona Patten, Northern Metropolitan Region (Reason Party)

Fiona Patten is a former sex worker who publicly supports the decriminalisation of sex work. She is one of the key crossbenchers in the Upper House and has already persuaded the government to pass progressive legislation.  On 27 November 2019 the Victorian government announced Fiona Patten would head an inquiry into the laws around sex work. The six month inquiry is scheduled to commence in early 2020.

Fiona Patten being interviewed alongside Lisa from Sex Work Law Reform Victoria

Fiona Patten and Lisa from Sex Work Law Reform Victoria interviewed on Australia’s only sex work radio show, Behind Closed Doors to talk about Victoria’s upcoming 2020 sex work inquiry. Interview aired December 2019.

 

Marlene Kairouz, Minister for Consumer Affairs (Labor Party)

Marlene Kairouz holds the Lower House seat of Kororoit, which encompasses the suburb of Caroline Springs and surrounding suburbs in Melbourne’s west. Consumer Affairs Victoria falls within the Minister’s portfolio and is responsible for licensing sex industry businesses and registering individual sex workers. On Fiona Patten’s review of sex work regulation, Minister Kairouz said,

"Fiona will make recommendations to the government, we will then consider all of the recommendations that Fiona makes to government and proceed to introduce legislation.”  ¹

Consumer Affairs Victoria
Consumer Affairs Victoria is responsible for regulating a wide range of businesses, including sex industry businesses.

 

Martin Foley, Member for Albert Park (Labor Party)

Martin Foley holds the Lower House seat of Albert Park, which encompasses six inner city suburbs including St Kilda, where most of Victoria’s street-based sex work occurs. The greatest number of licensed brothels in Victoria are also in his electorate.  In 2015 Martin Foley delivered a speech at Victorian Trades Hall Council endorsing the decriminalisation of sex work. He is also the Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Equality and Minister for Creative Industries. He has been in Parliament since 2007.

Martin Foley's electorate includes St Kilda

 

Daniel Andrews, Member for Mulgrave (Labor Party)

Daniel Andrews is Premier of Victoria and so has the most influence over which issues his government addresses. His seat of Mulgrave is in Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs. Upon winning the 2018 state election by a landslide (nicknamed the ‘Danslide’), the Premier declared his government the

"most progressive Government in the nation".

Daniel Andrews celebrates the 2018 election victory

 

Attorney General Jill Hennessy, Member for Altona (Labor Party)

Jill Hennessy is the newly appointed Attorney General, a role key to changing Victorian legislation. With the strong backing of the Northern Territory Attorney General Natasha Fyles, in November 2019 the Northern Territory decriminalised sex work. ²

Jill Hennessy’s seat of Altona encompasses the south western Melbourne suburbs from Altona to Point Cook. 

Jill Hennessy is the Attorney General (AAP: Joe Castro)
  1. Quote from Minister for Consumer Affairs, 15 January 2020
  2. Paul Gregoire, NT sex workers finally have decriminalisation: An interview with SWOP NT coordinator Leanne Melling (12 December 2019) Sydney Criminal Lawyers 

<http://www.mondaq.com/australia/x/874570/Public+Order/NT+sex+workers+finally+have+decriminalisation+An+interview+with+SWOP+NT+coordinator+Leanne+Melling>

Last updated: 15 January 2019

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