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Simon says – Inspections? Who needs them?

By johnboy 9 November 2008 24

Buried deep in yesterday’s print Canberra Times was a strange little story in which Simon Corbell said he was satisfied (“comfortable” even) with health and safety in Canberra’s brothels, despite no inspections being conducted in the last four years.

Even four years ago those were not surprise inspections, the only sort which matter.

How Simon can be so sure the industry has been sticking to standards in the long years since the last official inspection I leave as an exercise for the reader’s imagination. (please, let’s not see it in the comments, thank you)

Bear in mind this was brought on by the death in September of Janine Cameron. She was 17 and died in a brothel of a drug overdose. Suggesting some major systemic failures in our regulated sex industry. Simon Corbell, however, trusts his four year old inspections implicitly.

Today in the Canberra Times the Greens and Vicki Dunne are up in arms over this failure.

Looks like the Assembly will be flexing its new muscles and having a poke around the sex industry.


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seekay 9:29 am 10 Nov 08

Please explain:

The other Fairfax broadsheets, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, don’t carry brothel and escort ads. The Canberra Times does.

Thanks to a court order.

dexi 8:43 am 10 Nov 08

What does Simon Corbell have to gain politically from supporting the owners of Exotics? Is he misinformed about them or is this some kind of political game he is playing?

Granny 7:17 am 10 Nov 08

Simon, if the industry has not been inspected for four years how do you know that trafficked women are not being used as sex slaves in Canberra? How do you know?

Martin1973 11:24 pm 09 Nov 08

Thumper & all,

Hello,

Yes this government was voted in but which government has been elected in the past 10years?

This is no known secret about the prositution industry it has been going on for years in the ACT, its only now that a poor young girls body has been found in a brothel that the prostitution has received all this attention. Had the poor young girl had not have been found in a brothel you wouldnt have heard about it another herion overdose brushed under the carpet along with many others. Many deaths occur from herion outisde the prostitution industry. You cannot go blaming this government for the recent death of a young girl.

I feel for her family & passing at such a young age. Not only her passing in such sad cirumstances but also that her personal life has been all over the papers announcing she worked in that industry.

This industry has been up & running for years – No matter what events take place from here if a girl/lady really wants to work no matter what legal age the government changes it to they will find a way to continue working, whether it be by providing fake Id, working for themselves privately etc they will find a way and that is reality. You cannot turn a blind eye to that.

A suggestion is to provide a more monitored approach maybe by the sex industry foundation in the ACT, where girls/ladies feel safe in a working environment & have a member from that association always on shift at all brothels. Perhaps then the scum such as M***** who is well known from Exotics is pushed out of owning these businesses & running them to the benefit of themselves not caring about the ladies/girls who are there out of desperation.

Its something that cannot be swept under the carpet & making the legal age of prositution older, afterall females can have intercourse legally by the age of 16, vote at age of 18 so I cannot see changing the legal age will make any difference.

Even bring education into highschools as part of health education – Have ex working girls that dont mind speaking to students about the downfalls of this industry. Help build slef confidence so they dont feel the need to take drugs in the first place or work in the prostiution industry. It is common knowledge that females that have low confidence will turn to prositution.

Some of you may not agree with my post but others may.
I am just making a few suggestions on this site –

Pandy 10:54 pm 09 Nov 08

felling a log more like it

Jonathon Reynolds 10:34 pm 09 Nov 08

Tetranitrate said :

affordable said :

where is the CFMEU
why is the brothel owner not providing a safe workplace
industrial manslaughter ?

They’re too busy looking out for workers in the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy industries. Goodness knows why…

Surely that includes laying pipe? 😉

Tetranitrate 10:31 pm 09 Nov 08

affordable said :

where is the CFMEU
why is the brothel owner not providing a safe workplace
industrial manslaughter ?

They’re too busy looking out for workers in the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy industries. Goodness knows why…

affordable 9:58 pm 09 Nov 08

where is the CFMEU
why is the brothel owner not providing a safe workplace
industrial manslaughter ?

Ari 9:23 pm 09 Nov 08

seekay said :

The other Fairfax broadsheets, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age, don’t carry brothel and escort ads. The Canberra Times does.

Thanks to a court order.

Gungahlin Al 7:38 pm 09 Nov 08

Curious that the Sunday Times article starts by explaining that the Greens have raised these concerns, then goes on to spend most of the rest of the article quoting Vicki Dunne’s thoughts on the matter.

dexi 7:29 pm 09 Nov 08

Bassman said :

Particularly as the sex industry is renowned for drug abuse and under-age girls.

What are you basing your claim that the sex industry is renowned for under-age girls? Its famous for many widely held misconceptions, but I think under-age girls in Canberra is not one of them.

Bassman 6:48 pm 09 Nov 08

4 years since the last inspections??? And they weren’t suprise inspections??? I thought that nothing this government does (or fails to do) would suprise me anymore, but I am appalled.

Absolutely appalled.

Particularly as the sex industry is renowned for drug abuse and under-age girls.

bd84 5:50 pm 09 Nov 08

I think it’s the Stanhope government’s motto.. something about no need for compliance inspections or law enforcement.

You can hardly blame the office of regulatory services when they’re only funded for 2 or 3 inspectors and the police who are funded to a level of officers way below the average officers per population of any other state or territory. The lack of funding promises shows little looks like it will change anytime soon, even with the “new” government.

imhotep 5:20 pm 09 Nov 08

Thumper said :

“Can the Greens make a difference? Let us wait and see…”

I agree Thumper. This is an excellent chance for the Greens to flex some muscle and force a complacent government to do some useful work.

It might also earn the Greens some brownie points from those of us who are a bit dubious about them.

Given the tragedy of this girl’s death, who wouldn’t support closer regulation of the brothel industry?

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Thumper 4:50 pm 09 Nov 08

Ahhhh, trend, that would be 😉

Thumper 4:49 pm 09 Nov 08

Well, Canberra, and that means you, yes you over there, voted this government in.

Suck it up. They’ve never been responsible for anything and it seems the trand will continue.

Can the Greens make a difference? Let us wait and see…

The cat did it 4:32 pm 09 Nov 08

This looks like a dead-easy issue for the Greens to take a stand on, to get an early boost to their ‘responsible government’ cred. Unless there are deeper explanations that haven’t been aired yet, Simon looks like he’s covering up/explaining away inadequate discharge of the ACT Government’s responsibilities. Fumbled issues like this can allow the Greens to be seen to be setting agendas- something the ALP would surely want to avoid.

Even if the person concerned presented fake proof of age ID, if it’s known that such people may be provided with fake ID by interested parties, then the government needs to set the proof of age bar a bit higher. And have some surprise inspections (or are they too worried about encountering a visiting politician or two?). If the Greens take Simon to the cleaners on this one, he’s a dope for handing them the opportunity.

Granny 3:19 pm 09 Nov 08

Simon, do the right thing. That is all.

pptvb 2:51 pm 09 Nov 08

This comes under the Office of Regulatory Services.
They seem to have a few newly marked vehicles driving around town.
They also “regulate” the security industry, apparently.
I have held a Security Master Licence for 5 years now, since it’s inception.
I have never heard of any “regulating” in the industry. About 1/3 of the industry are operating unlicenced.
Every time I enquire of the Dept. as to what they are doing to enforce the licencing legislation, I’m told the compliance officers are too busy chasing underage drinking.
Funnily enough, talking to the Liquor Licence Holders, they can’t get rid of inspectors.
They call a couple of times a week!
Apparently the few busy compliance officers cover all areas within the Dept.
I have had the Director of Fair Trading lie to my face regarding their control of the security industry, so their lack of control in other areas doesn’t suprise me one bit.

Pandy 2:34 pm 09 Nov 08

Or else someone is being bribed?

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