Date published 13 September 2005
Last reviewed 14 October 2022

The CMC took a staged approach to the escorts inquiry, which involved background research and a call for public submissions (March 2005) and the release of a discussion paper (2005). This was followed by two days of public hearings in September 2005.

It was considered important for the vast array of opinions about escort services to be aired at the hearings, to ensure that the Queensland public had access to information about the key issues involved in the debate, and allow the key stakeholders in the industry to examine and discuss the conflicting views about escorts across the industry.

Following the hearings, further consultations with key stakeholders, other key individuals and government agencies occurred, to examine more closely the major issues raised at the hearings.

In December 2005 the CMC released an interim position paper indicating the Commission’s preliminary view that outcall services should not be legalised.

As an alternative to legalisation, the paper described a model designed to both sustain the legal prostitution industry in Queensland and attack the illegal industry.

Regulating outcall prostitution
Legislative Reviews
Following public hearings in September 2005, the Crime and Misconduct Commission recommended in a 2006 report to State Parliament -

Day 1: Tuesday 13 September 2005

Introduction (10.00–10.45)

Chairperson's opening address

  • Robert Needham

Overview of the inquiry, research findings and key issues

  • Dr Margot Legosz

Presentations by the regulatory authorities (10.45-12.00) 

Prostitution Licensing Authority

  • The Honourable Manus Boyce QC, Chair

Queensland Police Service

  • Detective Superintendent Gayle Hogan
  • Detective Senior Sergeant Trevor Kidd

Local Government Association of Queensland

  • Bryce Hines, Environment and Health Policy Adviser and Janet Frost, Planning and Development Policy Adviser

Lunch break (12.00-13.00)

Presentations by sex worker representatives (13.00–14.20)

Self-help for Queensland Workers in the Sex Industry (SQWISI)

  • Cheryl Matthews, State Manager 


  • Presentation read by Dr Margot Legosz (CMC)

Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association Inc.

  • Janelle Fawkes, Manager

Sole operator

  • Nikki

Break (14.20-14.50)

Presentation by Queensland Health (14.50–15.10)

Mark Counter, Acting Manager, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and Sexual Health Communicable Diseases Unit

Presentations by community groups (15.10–16.10)

Family Council of Queensland

  • Patty Smith

Coalition Against the Trafficking of Women Australia

  • Caroline Spencer

Australian Family Association

  • Mark Holzworth
  • Bronwyn Healy

Day 2: Wednesday 14 September 2005

Presentations by brothel licensees (10.00–11.00)

Queensland Adult Business Association Yvette Skinner, President

  • Nick Inskip
  • Dr Gayre Christie

Gold Coast brothel licensees

  • Neil Gilmour

Session in reply and forum for key issues (11.00–13.00)

All presenters from days 1 and 2

Lunch break (13.00–14.00)

Forum continued (14.00–15.45)

Closing address (15.45-16.00)

  • Robert Needham
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