ACL’s Queensland Director, Wendy Francis, today congratulated Federal MP for Moreton, Mr Graham Perrett for his stand against an adult entertainment application by Acacia Ridge Hotel in Brisbane.

Mr Perret stood in Parliament yesterday and rightly asserted that “putting an entertainment precinct here would completely change the character of this area and have an impact on families … and that it would be a complete departure from what goes on in the suburbs of Brisbane. It would be like moving Kings Cross, or a similar entertainment area, to the suburbs of Sydney”.

We agree with Mr Perrett when he said that he “would hope that there would never be a need for such entertainment”.

“This is because strip clubs harm women and communities,” said Mrs Francis. “They harm the physical and mental health of women who strip, as well as the opportunities of all women who want equal sexual relationships with men.

“Strip clubs create no-go areas for women, and are responsible for increasing violence in the community.

“It is time for the Brisbane City Council and the State government to listen to the community concern and the leadership shown by Mr Perrett and stop this unacceptable adult venue development in Acacia Ridge.

“Mr Perrett’s promise of “We will do what we can to make sure Acacia Ridge stays safe” is a good start.”