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Media Releases

The latest media releases, sorted in reverse chronological order.

South Australian Magistrate Should Be Dismissed Say National Drug User and Sex Worker Organisations May 2003

Janelle Fawkes, President of Scarlet Alliance stated that “people who engage in street-based sex work are doing so to support themselves financially. It is clear the offensive comments directed at Tashara are a result of incorrect and ill-informed stereotypes.”

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Scarlet Alliance slams the latest version of the Prostitution Control Bill 2003 - May 03

This Bill is an insult to the sex workers and community groups who put submissions into the Police Minister. “The cake is the same underneath. It’s only the icing that’s changed. If you look past the 100’s and 1000’s you’ll find mouldy spounge. Licensing has been tried in Queensland and in Victoria and both states are left with a foul taste in their mouths.” Janelle Fawkes, President, Scarlet Alliance

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Sex Workers Protest Proposed New Laws 23 June 2002

Sex worker representatives fear prostitutes could be forced onto the streets if the proposed changes to WA sex industry laws come into effect. Scarlet Alliance and other sex worker representatives joined forces yesterday to speak to journalists of their concerns about the planned legislation. Sunday Times (WA) article

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Sex Workers Gather To Denounce New Laws November 21 2002

Angry sex worker representatives from around Australia will join a protest in Perth tomorrow against planned changes to WA’s sex industry laws. Members of the national sex worker body, Scarlet Alliance, have denounced the proposed new sex industry laws as the “worst in Australia”. AAP article

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Tricks of the Trade 29 August 2001

Workplace health and safety is one of the key components of the code of practice for licensed brothels in Queensland. It was compiled with input from the National Guide to Best Practice in the Sex Industry produced by Scarlet Alliance and Australian Federation of Aids Organisations. Courier Mail, Karen Milliner

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International Whores Day 5 June 2001

Scarlet Alliance media release: Sex Workers call Howard to action on human rights and discrimination “We are tired of the day to day discrimination we experience for choosing sex work as our profession. We are acting as tax collectors for the Government as well as paying our taxes but receiving very little in return for it,” Sera Pinwell, Scarlet Alliance President

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Forum on Sex Industry March 2000

Sex workers from across Australia will descend on Adelaide today for a 2 day forum on law reform in the sex industry. Scarlet Alliance will release it’s model principles for reform at the forum. It will be launched by Democrats MP Sandra Kanck.

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Sex, Lies and Red Tape 23 Nov. 1999

Let’s take a journey with Joe Blow, a man with a hectic interstate itinerary, a strong sex drive – and a headache. Navigating his way safely through Australia’s prostitution laws is making him dizzy.

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Trick Question 19 June 1999

“Prostitution laws are set to change; another reform, another dispute.” Both Linda Banach (Sex Law Reform Coalition) and Sue Metzenrath (Scarlet Alliance) speak against the proposed reforms due to the licensing models resulting in the industry being pushed underground. The leaked proposal is supported by Leisha Host, co-ordinator of SQWISI, “We also support location limits based on local planning considerations..”

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Sex Workers Seek Reform 9 April 1998

Scarlet Alliance fears the already high level of violence against prostitutes in Queensland will increase if the State Government does not soon reform prostitution laws. Sue Metzenrath said yesterday that prostitutes in Queensland were already subject to the highest levels of violence in the country.

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Sex-Worker Still Fighting For Rights 5 April 1997

The former stripper and prostitute sacked from the NSW Police Service is unlikely to get her job back, despite a ruling by the Industrial Commission that she was unfairly dismissed. Scarlet Alliance yesterday welcomed the Commission’s decision.

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