Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


The Sex Industry Thought It Was Free...


The Sex Industry Thought It Was Free...

"The reform of prostitution laws appears virtually pointless if one looks at the draft bylaw governing the industry in Auckland, as proposed by Auckland City Council," Libertarianz Deputy Leader Stephen Berry said today. "The conditions that could be imposed by this bylaw may even see brothels that survived under prohibition being shut down."

Mayor John Banks has maintained that Auckland is "not the city of sleeze, it is the City of Sails." To maintain this image, the mayor is prepared to trample over private property rights for the sake of his uptight, conservative conscience. Under the current draft District Plan, brothels will be unable to be located within residential zones or within 250m of a school, pre-school, place of worship, major public transport interchange, community facility or at ground level on retail frontages.

Stephen Berry is outraged at the draft bylaw. "The locations of other people's private properties should have no bearing at all on what I use my land for! If I am not compromising my neighbours sovereignty, then the use of my land is none of their business. If church-goers are offended by brothels they shouldn't enter them! I hardly think pre-schoolers will be walking 250m down the road to visit a brothel either. Conservatism has gone mad!"

"The Libertarianz answer, " Berry says, "is to leave individuals and businesses to make their own choices and to exercise their own logic. The simple reality is that it comes down to property rights, not whether John Banks is sure God will approve of him. If you are not initiating force against a neighbour's property, it is absolutely none of their business how you make use of your own."


Stephen Berry Deputy Leader, Libertarianz stephenberry@xtra.co.nz 0210375720

More Freedom - Less Government www.libertarianz.org.nz

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news