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Council supports prostitution reform bill SOP

Council supports prostitution reform bill SOP

Auckland City Council welcomes Hon Phil Goff’s decision to promote a supplementary order paper (SOP) to the prostitution reform bill this evening.

The chairperson of the council’s Strategy and Governance Committee, Councillor Mark Donnelly, says the SOP is a welcome relief to the council.

“MPs will vote on the bill according to their consciences. The council’s interest is purely related to the practical issues of implementation.

“The council was very concerned about the bill in its current form – we believed that it might not protect wider community interests.

“The SOP addresses the council’s major concerns, namely the bill’s requirements relating to the brothel registration process and the making of by-laws to control the location and signage of brothels.

“The council particularly welcomes the provision within the SOP that delays the coming into force of the bill until six months after the royal assent, an increase on the three month period contained in the current bill.

“Six months is a sufficient period of time for the council to adequately consult its residents and ratepayers about the legislation and its implementation. A three month delay would have made a mockery of a consultation process.

“In its current form, the prostitution reform bill does not protect the community’s interests and concerns. The amendments contained in the SOP are required and Phil Goff is to be congratulated on his initiative which will enable the council to undertake its regulatory functions and protect community interests,” said Mr Donnelly.

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