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Gentlemens Club operating without a licence

By johnboy - 6 January 2012 24

In an all too predictable triumph for the ACT’s regulators the Canberra Times brings word that the burned out Gentlemens Club in Mitchell had no registration with the Office of Regulatory Services.

The Office of Regulatory Services was unable to find a registration for the Grimwade Street brothel, after it was requested by The Canberra Times. It has now advised ACT Policing that the brothel was not registered.

The ACT’s Prostitution Act says operators of a brothel or escort agency must register the business at least seven days before it begins to operate. Brothel owners who don’t register can be fined or imprisoned for up to a year, according to the Act.

”The Office of Regulatory Services has tried to contact the previous registered operator and has advised ACT Policing that there are no registered brothels at 1/36 Grimwade Street,” a spokesman for Justice and Community Safety said.

It just fills one with confidence doesn’t it?

UPDATE: Like a seagull onto a chip the Liberals’ Vicki Dunne is very excited by this development:

“If this brothel has been operating unlicensed, this would be a clear breach of the ACT Prostitution Act, and I will certainly be raising this in the current Assembly inquiry into the Act.

“I have also sought a briefing on how this error has occurred from ACT Policing and ACT Regulatory Services.

“The fact this issue was only brought to the government’s attention following police investigations of a suspected arson attack seriously calls into question whether there are other unlicensed establishments in Canberra.

“I call on Simon Corbell to explain how this occurred and the steps he will take to ensure all brothels in Canberra are compliant with ACT law,” Mrs Dunne concluded.

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screaming banshee 2:07 pm 07 Jan 12

Perhaps none of the unregistered brothels have driven past a rapid car lately?

buzz819 12:39 pm 07 Jan 12

Thumper said :

Indeed. Every 6 months crosscheck advertised venues against licence list. How hard can it be?

We are speaking about the ACT government here.

It would be even easier then that, now wouldn’t it.

The businesses are issued with licenses that expire on certain dates, they also have to be paid for by certain dates, a simple database would alert the relevant authority that the license has not been paid for and that it was expired, I mean this is how it works for car rego’s isn’t it?

Gungahlin Al 11:38 am 07 Jan 12

Thumper said :

Indeed. Every 6 months crosscheck advertised venues against licence list. How hard can it be?

We are speaking about the ACT government here.

Yeah I hear you. BUT there should be no such defence against basic common sense. I think we have a right to expect the basics to be done to a reasonable standard of competency don’t we?

Stevian 10:41 am 07 Jan 12

G-Fresh said :

. Bunch of boobs…

Really?

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