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Media Releases

The latest media releases, sorted in reverse chronological order.

QLD Decriminalisation review welcomed by sex workers

Respect Inc, DecrimQLD and Scarlet Alliance welcome the Palaszczuk government announcement that the decriminalisation of sex work in Queensland has been referred to the Queensland Law Reform Commission.

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Scarlet Alliance and SIN Statement 20/08/2021

Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association, and SIN, the South Australian peer sex worker organisation, refute the comments made by SAPOL commissioner, Grant Stevens, in the InDaily article published on the 19th August, 2021.

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Sex workers, their organisations and the Scarlet Alliance condemn Canberra brothel owner’s disrespectful and deceptive behaviour

Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association, our member organisations and individual sex workers publicly condemn this week’s malicious, self-serving and ignorant commentary (Canberra Times, 18 August) by Canberra brothel owner Aaron Jones.

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Scarlet Alliance and Vixen Collective Statement 18/08/21

Scarlet Alliance and Vixen Collective are disappointed with the unnecessary focus on sex work in the recent reporting on Victoria’s COVID-19 infections.

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Sex workers applaud Andrews Government's decriminalisation announcement

Vixen Collective and Scarlet Alliance welcome the announcement by the Andrews government committing to decriminalise sex work in Victoria.

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Sex workers condemn the passage of the Online Safety Bill, fear loss of access to essential harm reduction and workplace health and safety tools

The passage of the Online Safety Bill 2021 in the Federal Parliament earlier this week leaves the sex worker community fearing for further loss of essential tools that protect our livelihoods and safety.

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Policing is not a public health strategy: Emergency funds for sex workers needed

Joint Statement from Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association; Respect Inc, QLD; SIN, SA; SWEAR, WA; SWOP ACT; SWOP NT; SWOP NSW; VIXEN Collective, VIC:- Scarlet Alliance, the peak body representing sex workers and sex worker organisations in Australia, stand with our state and territory member organisations in our condemnation of the use of police powers and fines on individual sex workers, as has occurred in NSW last night. Criminalisation is not an acceptable or productive strategy in stopping the spread of COVID-19; in fact it is counter-productive. This is an unacceptable strategy particularly in the absence of income support for sex workers.

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Joint Statement on Sex Worker Workplace Closures

Joint Statement on Sex Work Workplace Closures from Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association; Respect Inc, QLD; SIN, SA; SWEAR, WA; SWOP ACT; SWOP NT; SWOP NSW; VIXEN Collective, VIC

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Sex Workers Celebrate the Passing of the Bill to Decriminalise Sex Work in the NT

Today, 26th November, 2019, sex workers in Northern Territory and throughout Australia celebrate the passing of the Sex Industry Bill 2019 in NT Parliament. This places NT as only the third jurisdiction in the world to decriminalise sex work. Significantly this bill fully decriminalises sex work in the NT providing sex workers with access to the same workplace health and safety protections as other Territorians.

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SIN and Scarlet Alliance Joint Media Release

Sex workers devastated as South Australian Lower House vote against industrial, health and human rights for sex workers. Sex workers in South Australia and throughout Australia are heartbroken after the Members of the House of Assembly turned their backs on the rights and safety of sex workers in SA, despite widespread community support for decriminalisation of sex work.

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NT Sex Industry Bill

Today the Economic Policy and Scrutiny Committee will be holding a public hearing into the Northern Territory Sex Industry Bill, 2019. This public hearing will provide further opportunity for sex workers through the Sex Worker Reference Group (SWRG), the SWOP NT and the Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association to provide testimony and evidence about why sex workers need the full decriminalisation of sex work in the NT through support of the Sex Industry Bill 2019.

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SWOP NT and Scarlet Alliance: Sex Workers Congratulate NT Government for Bill to Decriminalise Sex Work

The Sex Worker Outreach Program (SWOP NT), the Sex Worker Reference Group (SWRG) and Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association congratulate the Northern Territory Labor Government for engaging with sex workers, our organisations and national association in presenting a Bill that will fully decriminalise sex work. The Bill will ensure industrial protections and rights are afforded to sex workers as they are to all Territorians.

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Scarlet Alliance and SWOP NSW Joint Statement

Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association and Sex Workers Outreach Project of New South Wales (SWOP) extend our sincere condolences to those affected by the murder committed in yesterday’s Clarence Street attack in Sydney. The sex worker community is devastated by the series of random and senseless acts of violence that occurred in the Sydney CBD yesterday afternoon Tuesday, 13th August.

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Sex Worker Workplace Health and Safety Symposium

‘80% of us work illegally, so we can be safe’, say Qld sex workers

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Scarlet Alliance, AFAO, AIDA, AIVL, ASHM, Hepatitis Australia, NAPWHA: National Strategies

Peak health and community organisations congratulate the Australian Government’s new National BBV and STI Strategies

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