Key Politicians

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


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.

Fiona Patten is a former sex worker (Photo: Julian Kingma)


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, which gives her the authority to refer a matter to the Victorian Law Reform Commission.

This is significant because Labor’s 2018 Platform on sex work 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.”

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)


Last updated: 13 June 2019

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