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Technology has provided both sex workers and their clients greater mobility and anonymity, opening sex work up to new markets. Shutterstock

Technology drives the need to rethink sex work industry regulations

The car, the phone and the internet have changed the way the sex work industry operates, but debates about regulation have not advanced with new technologies.
In 2016, a UK Home Affairs Committee report highlighted that street-based sex work has diminished significantly over the last two to three decades. shutterstock

Stigma and stereotypes about sex work hinder regulatory reform

Consensual sex work, like non-commercial sex, mostly happens behind closed doors. Yet stigma toward and ignorance about sex workers makes people panic when we try to talk about reform.
Different local or state government laws apply in different parts of the country in Australia, Germany, the US and Mexico. Reuters/Kimberly White

Sex work and the law – it’s complicated

Understanding laws that govern sex work can be complicated and confusing, especially because laws are not uniform globally, or even within each country.
There is little evidence that training alone reduces the propensity for over-service of alcohol. AAP/Alan Porritt

We need more than just laws to ensure responsible alcohol service

Responsible Service of Alcohol laws should be coupled with public discussion that encourages people to take responsible for their own drinking behaviour.
Adolescent family violence has detrimental effects on the health and wellbeing of families, and is surrounded by stigma and shame. shutterstock

Long ignored, adolescent family violence needs our attention

Research is revealing that both families who have experienced adolescent family violence and those working with them feel the criminal justice system is not an appropriate way to respond to it.
The crime of blasphemy is about protecting God and Christian doctrine from scurrilous commentary, and Christians from offence. Shutterstock

Blasphemy is still a crime in Australia – and it shouldn’t be

Laws against blasphemy privilege the feelings of Christians over other religious people, and have no place in a modern, inclusive society.
Businessman Andrew Forrest and his wife Nicola are strong advocates of anti-slavery measures. AAP/Alan Porritt

Should Australia have a Modern Slavery Act?

Any proposed solution to the problem of modern slavery must engage with the business community and government policies on migration and migrant labour.
Adam Briggs and Trials from A.B. Original, winners of this year’s AMP Australian Music Prize, use swearing to make a political point in their music. Tracey Nearmy

How pop culture can (and should) change legal views on swearing

The pervasiveness of profanity in popular culture underscores the absurdity of punishing people for using words broadcast on our screens and heard in our music.

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