The Australian Christian Lobby has welcomed a decision by the WA Director of Liquor Licensing to refuse an application to introduce topless women as so-called adult entertainment in a bar in Merriwa, in Perth’s north.

The ACL, along with other community groups, churches, and individuals submitted objections to the proposal from the pub, The Sixty30, warning of the harm and criminal activities such “entertainment” was known to attract.

ACL WA director, Dahlia Messiha said it was disappointing that while so many were working to build respect for women, a pub wants to objectify and demean women in pursuit of profit.

“In a society where women are fighting to be equally treated as men, it is difficult to fathom how a business would want to undermine this work by seeking to introduce “entertainment” which portrays women as sexual commodities,” Ms Messiha said.

In its submission, ACL warned against having such a bar in close proximity to five schools, one of which was only 400 meters from the bar.

“The ACL congratulates the Director for making a decision in the interests of women, children, and the community of Merriwa, a suburb which already held a high rate of alcohol-related crime,” Ms Messiha said.