The Tories certainly don’t have a monopoly on humourless killjoy politicians. With Simon Crean in the news, however, you don’t really need reminding of this. Nevertheless this Reuters story about the WA Labor government provides further confirmation:
An Australian state has pulled funding for a sex workers’ support group after it published a pamphlet teaching prostitutes tricks to make sure customers keep coming back for more.
The pamphlet by the Phoenix organisation in Western Australia gave sex workers tips such as “always act like you enjoy it” and “don’t wear shoes in bed”. It was called “Regulars”.
A spokeswoman for the Western Australian health minister, Bob Kucera, said an audit of Phoenix also found it was using state government money to publish a magazine the minister considered to be virtually pornographic. …
It all sounds like eminently sensible advice to me. Especially stiletto heels. They could do the customer a nasty injury.
Update – Looking at the Phoenix website, maybe there’s a rather more serious side to this story. The pamphlet and newsletter targetted by Kucera appear to be a quite small part of Phoenix’s support, education and health services. It’s an arm of Family Planning in WA. Given that sex workers are a high risk HIV/AIDS group, and that prostitution currently remains illegal in WA, cutting off funding to an organisation like this looks downright irresponsible, even if their newsletter was “virtually pornographic”. What did Kucera expect it to contain – bible readings?
We don’t hear much about WA political affairs in other parts of Australia, even from the numerous WA-based bloggers. Is the Gallop Labor government really as redneck conservative as this incident suggests, or is Kucera just an isolated dickhead?