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Facing Fitzgerald: A Red Letter Day for Qld Sex Workers - Townsville CQU

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CQUniversity Townsville

538 Flinders Street

Townsville, QLD 4810

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A panel of sex workers and academics unpack sex work laws three decades on from the Fitzgerald Report. Townsville event with online options.

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It's three decades since the Fitzgerald Report found excessive police corruption in relation to the sex industry. How far have we come? At this event you will hear a panel of sex workers and academics unpack the history and future of Queensland law. Speakers will provide reflections on sex workers lived experiences before and after Fitzgerald and the impact of policing approaches. Current research will be presented.

The licensing model of boutique brothels has failed Queensland, and particularly regional areas including Townsville. There are no longer any licensed brothels in Townsville. Sex worker safety strategies are criminalised and advertising puts sex workers at risk of fines or charges.

CQUniversity in collaboration with Respect Inc and #DecrimQLD invite you to join us at 5pm for wine and cheese at the CQU campus, 538 Flinders St, Townsville. Our panel will start at 5.30 and the event will close at 7.30pm

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Candi Forrest – A Brisbane local and prominent commentator on sex work policy who lives to tell the pre and post-Fitzgerald tale. Founding member of Respect Inc. and member of the Sexual Health Ministerial Advisory Committee.

Dr Anne Ferguson - A criminology lecturer at the School of Business and Law, CQUniversity whose PhD was titled Underbelly: a Case study in Cultural Production based loosely on the Melbourne gangland war events in 1995-2004. The research also discussed the role police involvement plays in crafting social perceptions of policing and criminality.

Dr Elena Jeffreys - A Townsville based sex worker and State Coordinator of Respect Inc. who has published widely on sex work and whose PhD research was on sex worker organisations and political autonomy from funders.

Dr Lisa Fitzgerald – A public health sociologist at the School of Public Health, University of Queensland who has lead research projects on the impact of decriminalisation on the health and safety of sex workers in New Zealand and authored, ‘Taking the Crime out of Sex Work’ (2010).

Vickki Boon – Speaker from the Respect Inc. Asian Focus Peer Education Project speaking on the current policing approaches of Asian & migrant sex workers in Queensland.

Short videos will also be shown during the event.

CQUniversity was originally founded in Rockhampton in 1967 and now has more than 30,000 students across Australia, with campuses located in every mainland state, including in Townsville. A renowned research institution and a benchmark leader for how universities should engage with their communities, CQUniversity is now recognised among the best universities in the world.

Respect Inc is the Queensland sex worker organisation, by sex workers, for sex workers. Our vision is for sex work to be recognised as work and as such fully decriminalised.

#DecrimQLD is a committee of sex workers who have joined with Respect Inc, to progress the removal of harmful and discriminatory sex work laws and achieve decriminalisation in Queensland.

If you can't be with us in person please join in via Zoom or dial in:

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:Please click this URL to start or join: https://cqu.zoom.us/j/423064371

Join from dial-in phone line: Dial: +61 2 8015 2088 Meeting ID: 423 064 371

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