Page 3151 - Week 08 - Thursday, 7 August 2008

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ACT Workcover last undertook a planned inspection of brothels in 2005. ACT Policing assisted with this program. A copy of this report is attached.


No records of this are kept by the ORS. If underage women were found working in ACT brothels, this is a criminal offence and any prosecutions for this conduct would be on the public record.


If a person (who was an owner, operator, director) of a brothel was to have engaged in the conduct noted in question 7 namely employing underage women (or men) for the purpose of providing sexual services they are committing a criminal offence. If the child is aged between 12-18 yrs of age then there is maximum penalty of 1000 penalty units ($500,000 for a company) or 10 years imprisonment.

The crime of ‘duress’ (in relation to sexual services) is relevant to trafficked women (men), and has a maximum penalty of 6 years imprisonment (for the person inducing or intimidating another person to provide commercial sexual services).

A person who is convicted or found guilty of a disqualifying offence must not be/ or continue to be an interested person (owner, operator, director) of a commercial brothel or escort agency. The brothel or escort agency could still operate but the person must not continue to be an interested person involved in the brothel or escort agency.

A disqualifying offence relates to a number of offences, including those offences noted above as well as offences under the Crimes Act 1900, Migration Act 1958 (cwlth) and Criminal Code (chapter 6).

(Question No 2114)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 26 June 2008:

How many enrolments have been received at each (a) preschool and (b) primary school in the ACT public education system for (i) preschool and (ii) kindergarten at the end of the official enrolment period for the 2009 school year which was Friday, 20 June 2008.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

While the first round of enrolment applications closed on 20 June 2008, and first round offers have been sent out, the process is ongoing. I am therefore unable to provide these figures at this stage of the year.

Environment—greenhouse gas abatement
(Question No 2115)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, upon notice, on 27 June 2008:

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