Intersections of Planning and Morality in the Regulation and Regard of Brothels in New South Wales

School of Law, Flinders University
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Flinders Law Journal, 2012, 14 (2), pp. 329 - 357
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This article explores two questions through original primary research. First, can brothels be âgood neighboursâ in planning terms? That is, what kind of amenity impacts, if any, do sex services premises have upon the people living nearby? Second, do the different approaches adopted by two councils in New South Wales, Australia, matter in terms of amenity impacts, but also in attitudes to sex services premises? It is argued that brothels appear to generate minimal or neutral amenity impacts regardless of the regulatory approach adopted by council. However, the legal approach adopted by the different councils has contributed to the organisation and expression of the moral attitudes of local residents to sex services premises.
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