SWLRV in the Media

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.

In Ya Face Interview (16 September2022)

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.

Done By Law Interview (2 August 2022)

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.

In Ya Face Interview (28 July 2022)

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. 

Humanist Victoria Event Description

Watch our speech on Youtube

28 July 2022 – La Trobe University Newspaper “The Junction”

Article by La Trobe University student Drishtee Lokee, ‘Street-based sex work decriminalised in Victoria’

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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.

Star Observer: Revealing Business: Sex Workers Can Now Bare All in Advertisements in 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.

Eastsider News: New law says sex workers deserve a fair go in the City of Boroondara

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.

Read ‘Is Airbnb using an algorithm to ban users from platform?’

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. 

Roundup Extra: Decriminalisation of Sex Work in Victoria, and what it means for local government

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.

“If you take out the moralising and the sex, these mundane changes are administrative in nature, it’s simple, process a brothel planning permit as you would any other business.”

Reporting by Tim Lamacraft for Geelong Times.

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Geelong Times: Decriminalisation of sex work work means changes to planning laws (see page 15)

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. 

Sex Work Decriminalisation in Victoria

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. 

Decriminalisation of Sex Work in Victoria

17 February 2022

3CR community breakfast show ‘Wednesday Breakfast’ covers ‘Sex Work Decriminalisation Bill Passes the Upper House’

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

Women’s Forum Australia: WHO ARE THE BIG WINNERS OF THE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT’S PROSTITUTION LAWS? (Opinion Piece)

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

Star Observer: After Decriminalisation, Local Councils are the Next Battle for Sex Workers (Opinion Piece)

11 February 2022

SBS News: Victoria takes ‘groundbreaking step’ to decriminalise sex work in new law reforms

Northern Beaches Review: ‘Historic day’ as Vic sex work laws pass

Newcastle Herald: ‘Historic day’ as Vic sex work laws pass

The Age: ‘Historic day’ for Victoria as sex work is decriminalised

Yahoo News: Vic decriminalises sex work as bill passes

11 February 2022

3CR community radio LGBTIQ  show ‘In Ya Face’ covers ‘Sex Work Decriminalised in Victoria’

11 February 2022

3CR community radio sex work radio show ‘Behind Closed Doors’ covers ‘Sex Work Decriminalisation Bill in Parliament’

30 minute interview with SWLRV spokesperson about what decriminalising sex work means for Victorian sex workers.

10 February 2022

Canberra Times: Vic decriminalises sex work as bill passes

10 February 2022

ABC Radio National Interview on the sex work bill: ‘What is it like for sex workers to operate in a criminalised industry?’

10 February 2022

The Age: ‘Historic day’ for Victoria as sex work decriminalisation nears

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.”

Read article: ‘How will Victoria’s sex work decriminalisation bill work and will it make the industry safer?’

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.

Read article: ‘Banks as moral arbiters? Not even their own review supports that idea’

Read Banking Code Review 2021 Final Report

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.

Read Banking Code Review 2021 Final Report

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).

Transcript of evidence (23 November 2021)

Read our Submission to the Select Committee

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.

Read report ‘Improving the Justice System Response to Sexual Offences‘

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.

Listen to podcast 

15 October 2021

Radio interview about Victoria’s new sex work decriminalisation bill 

James McKenzie from ‘In Ya Race’ on community radio station 3CR chats about the Sex Work Decriminalisation Bill 2021 (Vic) and what it means for sex workers. Listen to podcast. 

12 October 2021

Sex workers, adult shops and gun businesses say they are being denied banking services

Sex Work Law Reform Victoria is quoted in an ABC article by Rhiana Whitson about financial discrimination against the sex industry and firearms dealers.

Read ABC Article: Sex workers, adult shops and gun businesses say they are being denied banking services

Watch ABC iView 3 minute piece

October 2021

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.

Read opinion piece: Is decriminalisation of sex work a problem for the City of Boroondara? (scroll to page 7)

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.

City of Boroondara Council Meeting 27 September 2021

 

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. 

Crikey.com.au website: Australia’s banks are the guardians of moral society. Yep, we kid you not (behind paywall)

Read full article

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.’

Blow jobs are real jobs: sex workers speak out amid political change

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”

Read Fears online safety law could censor all adult content and force sex workers off internet

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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts: Fiona Patten: Victoria’s Sex Work Review update

Stream on website: Fiona Patten: Victoria’s Sex Work Review update

15 October 2020

Australian Financial Review covers NAB and sex industry discrimination

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.”

Read “NAB’s Sex Industry Woes (content behind a paywall)

Our webpage about banking discrimination

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.

Read ‘SEX WORKERS CALL FOR COVID-19 CLARIFICATION’ by Jessi Lewis

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. 

Read Crikey.com.au article “No payment, no consent: sex worker advocacy groups say fraud and rape is on the rise”

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. 

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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.

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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”

Read article on the Crikey.com.au website

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  provided support and information for some episodes. Behind Closed Doors explores all aspects of sex work and interviews a diverse range of sex workers every Thursday night.

Listen to Fiona Patten interviewed on ‘Behind Closed Doors’ discussing Victoria’s upcoming 2020 sex work inquiry

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’

Read article on The Age website

27 November 2019

The Australian Associated Press article quotes Sex Work Law Reform Victoria in article titled, ‘Vic could fully decriminalise sex work’

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27 November 2019

Sex Work Law Reform Victoria quoted in The Age article ‘Sex workers are sick of rapes, assaults and want protection’

Read article on the Age website

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

December 2018

Workplace Safety Blog refers to Sex Work Law Reform Victoria

Safety at Work Blog Website

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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