SWLRV in the Media
23 January 2023 – ‘Christine says she’s being discriminated against because of her job. Here’s why advocates are concerned’
Tom Canetti from SBS News reports on financial discrimination against sex workers and the safety threat working with cash can pose to sex workers. Newly elected SWLRV board member Christine McQueen conveys her feeling after experiencing discrimination, “It’s a rage that just sits around my chest, near my heart. It’s like I’m excluded from society, but more severe.” Matthew Roberts from SWLRV said, ‘….that while parliaments are “largely on board” with legitimising sex work, banks are “decades behind”.’
20 January 2023 – ‘Australian banks continue to deny small businesses an explanation for debanking’
16 January 2023 – ‘Sex workers slam banks, regulator over flawed rules’
Matthew Roberts from Sex Work Law Reform Victoria is quoted in an Australian Financial Review article titled ‘Sex workers slam banks, regulator over flawed rules’ about the role that financial regulator AUSTRAC plays facilitating financial discrimination against legal sex industry businesses.
16 December 2022 – State Election Analysis on In Ya Face community Radio Show
Matthew Roberts from Sex Work Law Reform Victoria is interviewed by James McKenzie from LGBTIQ radio show In Ya Face to analyse the new Victorian Parliament following the November state election. He talks about the great loss of Fiona Patten MP, but the emergence of new MP’s with sex work experience. Go to the 38 minute, 50 second mark of podcast.
12 October 2022 – Sex Worker Election Guide explained on Wednesday Breakfast community radio show
Matthew Roberts from Sex Work Law Reform Victoria is interviewed by Ella Tooms from radio show Wednesay Breakfast to explain Sex Work Law Refom Victoria’s State Election Guide. Every political party is ranked on their performance on delivery for sex workers. The state election is set for 26 November 2022. Interview starts at the 1 hour, 8 minutes, 45 second mark.
October – Opinion Piece ‘The Rise of the Hard Right Candidate A Warning from Sex Workers’
Local newspaper, Eastsider News, publishes an opinion piece by Sex Work Law Reform Victoria board members Lisa Dallimore and Matthew Roberts
30 September – Sex Worker Election Guide revalead on In Ya Face community Radio Show
Matthew Roberts from Sex Work Law Reform Victoria is interviewed by James McKenzie from LGBTIQ radio show In Ya Face to reveal Sex Work Law Refom Victoria’s Victorian State Election Guide. Every political party is ranked on their performance on delivery for sex workers. The state election is set for 26 November 2022.
16 September 2022 – Council Planning Schemes and Entrapment on In Ya Face community Radio Show
Matthew Roberts from Sex Work Law Reform Vicoria is interviewed by James McKenzie from LGBTIQ radio show In Ya Face to reveal what documents released via FOI tell us about councils entrapping sex workers. Matthew discusses major changes to planning schemes which eliminate discrimination against sex workers, as well as naming the top five most anti-sex work councils. In Ya Face airs on community radio station 3CR.
2 August 2022 – Sex Work Advertising Law Changes on Done By Law community radio show
Matthew Roberts from Sex Work Law Reform Vicoria is interviewed by lawyers from radio show Done By Law for a discussion about recent changes to sex work advertising regulations and how important advertising is to sex workers. Done By Law airs on community radio station 3CR.
29 July 2022 – Sex Work Politics Update on In Ya Face community radio show
Matthew Roberts from Sex Work Law Reform Vicoria is interviewed by James McKenzie from LGBTIQ radio show ‘In Ya Face’ for an update on sex work issues, politics and more. Matthew talks about his recent speech at Humanists Victoria, financial discrimination against sex workers, and conservative anti-sex work council, the City of Boroondara. In Ya Face airs on community radio station 3CR.
28 July 2022 – Humanists Victoria host us in a speech titled ‘Legal but Banned: Financial Discrimination Against Sex Workers’.
SWLRV Policy Officer Matthew Roberts spoke alongside porn performer Christine Mcqueen to expose the extent to which financial service providers ban lawfully operating sex workers.
Watch our speech on Youtube
28 July 2022 – La Trobe University Newspaper “The Junction”
22 July 2022 – Opinion piece ‘Revealing Business: Sex Workers Can Now Bare All in Advertisements in Victoria’
LGBTIQ publication Star Observer publishes an opinion piece by Matthew Roberts from Sex Work Law Reform Victoria.
8 June 2022 – New law says sex workers deserve a fair go in the City of Boroondara
Matthew Roberts and Lisa Dallimore from Sex Work Law Reform Victoria publish an opinion piece in Eastsider News, the local publication covering Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Melbourne’s most conservative council will soon be forced to accept sex workers will be able to work legally from their homes after 2024. See page 12 of the August 2022 edition of the magazine.
21 March 2022 – Air BnB’s ban on sex workers
Consumer magazine Choice highlights some concerns about Air BnB and its exclusion of certain customers, including all sex workers. Reporting by Jarni Blakkarly.
4 March 2022
The Victorian Local Governance Association produces a podcast called Local Government News Roundup, which covers local government news across Australia. With sex work being decriminalised in Victoria, councils will have a greater role regulating sex work and so engagement with, and reforms, to local government laws will be the next focus for sex workers’ rights activists. In this special edition episode, the podcast chats to Matthew from Sex Work Law Reform Victoria, about the details of pending changes to council planning schemes, private investigators being hired to entrap sex workers and a discussion of the myths surrounding changes to council laws.
24 February 2022
For the purposes of planning “council laws will treat brothels the same way as hairdressers,” policy officer at Sex Work Law Reform Victoria Matthew Roberts said.
Reporting by Tim Lamacraft for Geelong Times.
3CR community radio sex work radio show ‘Behind Closed Doors’ interviews Matthew from SWLRV and Fiona Patten about the what the passage of the sex work decriminalisation bill means for sex workers.
22 February 2022
3CR community radio show ‘Done by Law ‘interviews Matthew from SWLRV about the what the passage of the sex work decriminalisation bill means for sex workers.
17 February 2022
Hosts Alice and Ella joined Matthew from Sex Work Law Reform Victoria in parliament to witness the historic final vote of the passage of the Sex Work Decriminalisation 2021. They chat to Matthew about the day in parliament, the debate, and the final vote. Go to the 1 hour, 12 minute, 30 second mark of the podcast.
15 February 2022
An anti-sex work opinion piece makes radical feminist arguments opposing the decriminalisation of consensual adult sex work in Victoria. The unnamed author names Sex Work Law Reform Victoria and criticizes our efforts to combat discrimination against the sex industry.
14 February 2022
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11 February 2022
30 minute interview with SWLRV spokesperson about what decriminalising sex work means for Victorian sex workers.
10 February 2022
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7 February 2022
Guardian Australia reports on the details of the Sex Work Decriminalisation Bill 2021
Benita Kolovos reports on how the repeal bill will benefit sex workers over the next two years, as well as possible amendments. We’re quoted commenting on how the existing sex work laws let down sex workers, “The most disadvantaged sex workers, particularly migrant sex workers, gender diverse sex workers, they’re the ones that are usually in that illegal underground area and the consequences of that is many feel they are not able to report unfair work practices and crimes to police.”
13 December 2021
Crikey.com.au article about banking discrimination quotes us
Issues management consultant Tony Jaques breaks down the findings of the Banking Code Review 2021. The review, conducted by Mike Callaghan reviewed banking regulation and provided recommendations to address banking discrimination against the sex industry. The article refers to Sex Work Law Reform Victoria’s submission which showed human trafficking and money laundering data cannot justify a blanket denial of service to sex industry businesses.
1 December 2021
Banking Code Review 2021 Final Report
The Banking Code Reviewer, Mike Callaghan, published his Final Report, which recommends ways banking regulation can be reformed to better protect sex workers against banking discrimination. The Final Report refers to Sex Work Law Reform Victoria on pages 91, 101 and 102.
23 November 2021
Giving evidence to a South Australian Parliamentary Select Committee
A Sex Work Law Reform Victoria spokesperson gives evidence at a Select Committee at the South Australian Parliament in support of sex work decriminalisation in South Australia. Attending via video link after Fiona Patten, the Committee asked a number of questions about our 2021 submission which supported passage of the Statutes Amendment (Repeal of Sex Work Offences) Bill 2020 (SA).
Go to Statutes Amendment (Repeal of Sex Work Offences) Bill (SA) inquiry website
12 November 2021
The Victorian Law Reform Commission quotes us in sexual assault report
The report, “Improving the Justice System Responses to Sexual Offences” extensively quotes from Sex Work Law Reform Victoria following its consultation with us and our submission to the review. See paragraphs 4.89, 6.18, 8.22, 8.26, 8.75, 8.84, 14.38, 14.150, 17.109, 18.48 and 20.42.
26 October 2021
Radio Interview about Sex Work Decriminalisation Bill 2021 (Vic)
‘Done By Law’ is a weekly radio show hosted by lawyers about how the law affects marginalised communities and society at large. It airs on community radio station 3CR. The hosts chat to Matthew from Sex Work Law Reform Victoria, about the newly unveiled bill to decriminalise sex work and what it means for sex workers.
15 October 2021
Radio interview about Victoria’s new sex work decriminalisation bill
12 October 2021
Sex workers, adult shops and gun businesses say they are being denied banking services
We publish an opinion piece in local publication ‘Eastsider News’
Sex Work Law Reform Victoria publishes an opinion piece about sex work in the suburbs and what the decriminalisation of sex work will mean for residents in the City of Boroondara. We argue that residents have nothing to fear as the experience in New South Wales shows no increase in amenity impact from sex work following decriminalisation.
27 September 2021
Cheryl Overs and Matthew Roberts speak at City of Boroondara council meeting
Following a council vote against sex work decriminalisation, Matthew Roberts from Sex Work Law Reform Victoria and veteran sex workers’ rights advocate Cheryl Overs speak in favour of sex workers’ rights at one of Melbourne’s most conservative councils, the City of Boroondara. A string of anti-sex work voices followed their short speeches. Watch a Youtube video of the meeting. Sex work discussion occurs at the very beginning of the video.
23 September 2021
Crikey.com.au Covers Banking Discrimination Against the Sex Industry
Crisis management consultant Tony Jaques writes an opinion piece pointing out the irony of the banks taking a moral high ground by banning sex industry businesses. He also looks at how the Banking Code Review looks like being a missed opportunity to finally address the ongoing problem of banking discrimination against small businesses.
7 September 2021
Monash University Student Newspaper Covers Sex Work
Journalist SOHANI GOONETILLAKE from Mojo news (Monash University student publication) interview key sex workers’ rights advocates about how Victoria came to decriminalise sex work and what it all means for sex workers. Quote from SWLRV spokesperson, ‘Sensitivity training and education of the government bodies regulating this industry needs to occur so that they are aware of how to appropriately treat and engage with sex workers.’
6 April 2021
ABC’s Radio National reports on Victoria’s move to fully decriminalise sex work
Australia’s national broadcaster, the ABC, reports on the Victoria move to decriminalise sex work. Comparing the regulation of 19th Victorian brothels to the situation today, Radio National’s ‘The Law Report’ interview historians, legal experts, a sex worker and a critic of the sex industry. The program identifies Sex Work Law Reform Victoria as a key advocacy organisation pushing to decriminalise sex work. Cheryl Overs is interviewed.
Listen to podcast Full Decriminalisation of Sex Work on the Cards in Victoria
2 March 2021
The Guardian Australia covers new law that seeks to crack down on online porn
Australian Politics journalist Josh Taylor from The Guardian Australia publishes an article, Fears online safety law could censor all adult content and force sex workers off internet about the Online Safety Bill 2021 which seeks to protect Australians online by cracking down on cyberbulling and harmful content online. However, the bill also targets online pornography between consenting adults. SWLRV is quoted “[the bill will[ effectively censor adult online content that could potentially have unintended consequences for the sex industry and porn industries and have a devastating impact on the ability of sex workers to earn a legitimate income”
17 November 2020
SWLRV Committee member publishes personal anecdote in Great Sex Worker Writings
Sex Work Law Reform Victoria committee member Claire Stellar publishes a piece in Great Sex Worker Writings, a new digital publication of works by sex workers. Claire’s piece, Peep Show Mayhem, talks about her experiences in various forms of sex work, including peep show performances.
Read “Peep Show Mayhem”
Great Sex Worker Writings website
15 October 2020
Fiona Patten, MP provides Sex Work Review update in radio interview
Fiona Patten, MP from the Reason Party appears alongside Lisa from Sex Work Law Reform Victoria, on Australia’s only sex work radio show, Behind Closed Doors. The two guests discuss which desired reforms were raised by sex workers, how Victoria’s Sex Work Review is progressing, and what to expect in 2021.
15 October 2020
Banking journalist James Frost from The Australian Financial Review publishes an article, NAB’s Sex Industry Woes about the bank’s policy of refusing to provide financial services to legal sex industry businesses across Australia. SWLRV is quoted “Banks should be able to manage their risk without discriminating by taking the trouble to assess each applicant on their individual merits and risk profile rather than just taking a broad brush to an entire industry.”
17 August 2020
LGBTIQ publication The Star Observer publishes an article about coronavirus and sex work, highlighting the need for the Victorian Government to communicate more clearly what coronavirus restrictions mean for the sex industry. The article quotes from SWLRV and sex worker rights’ activist Cheryl Overs.
5 August 2020
Journalist Amber Shultz publishes article about rape law reform, sex work and whether non payment of sex work service fees constitutes rape. Lisa from Sex Work Law Reform Victoria provides comment.
20 May 2020
“It’s sex discrimination: banks strip brothels and escort agencies of their rights”. Amber Shultz from Crikey.com.au reports on the extent of financial discrimination against the sex industry and the surprising way in which the financial services industries so open about the discrimination.
27 March 2020
” ‘I’m clean and safe’: Brothels close but sex workers still ply trade”. Farrah Tomazin from The Age writes about how Victorian sex work laws and coronavirus restrictions intersect to permit many sex workers to continue to operate during a pandemic. Sex Work Law Reform Victoria is quoted.
11 December 2019
Crikey.com.au quotes Sex Work Law Reform Victoria in article titled, “Sex workers are facing financial discrimination from our biggest institutions”
6 December 2019
Australia’s only sex work radio show, Behind Closed Doors wins Best New Show at Melbourne community radio station 3CR. Sex Work Law Reform Victoria
30 November 2019
The Age quotes Sex Work Law Reform Victoria in article titled, ”Off the streets and on the net’: solicitation charges dwindle as sex workers shift online’
27 November 2019
The Australian Associated Press article quotes Sex Work Law Reform Victoria in article titled, ‘Vic could fully decriminalise sex work’
27 November 2019
Sex Work Law Reform Victoria quoted in The Age article ‘Sex workers are sick of rapes, assaults and want protection’
29 September 2019
Film students at Deakin University in association with SWLRV release a six minute documentary, ‘Men at Work’, about male Sex Work in Melbourne. The film tells the story of a young and determined male escort. For more information about this film, see the ‘Men at Work’ FaceBook page.
View ‘Men at Work’ on Youtube below.
15 June 2019
News.com.au article ‘Kate Iselin: Inside the life of a 54-year-old street-based sex worker‘ by Kate Iselin quotes us in an exploration of street-based sex work and policing.
27 April 2019
News.com.au article ‘Brothels on your street? How sex work decriminalisation would affect you’ by Kate Iselin quotes us in a discussion about sex work decriminalisation.
Workplace Safety Blog refers to Sex Work Law Reform Victoria
21 November 2018
Melbourne community radio show 3CR interviewed us about the 2018 Victorian election and the decriminalisation of sex work. Go to the 30 minute mark of the audio clip at the 3CR’s website. Podcast and audio clip no longer available.
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