The Australian 15 november 2012
A MOVE to decriminalise prostitution in South Australia has been defeated by one vote in state parliament. The bill, introduced by Labor backbencher Steph Key, was subject to a conscience vote but was defeated when put to lower house MPs on Thursday. It would have decriminalised most forms of prostitution including brothels and escort services while retaining soliciting as an offence in some circumstances. Family First MP Dennis Hood welcomed the bill’s defeat and said it would have introduced legalised prostitution with no controls. “I cannot understand how some members of the government could support such a proposal,” he said. Mr Hood said the bill would have given councils control over brothels, with police having no role of substance.