Reverend the Hon. FRED NILE:
I ask the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Hunter, and Vice-President of the Executive Council, representing the Premier and the Attorney General, a question without notice. Does the New South Wales Government acknowledge that brothels foster sexual exploitation, dehumanisation and the abuse of women? Is the Government aware that the Lord Mayor of Sydney and her city council plan to push ahead with the development of Australia's largest super-brothel, to be located near Sydney university? Is the Government aware that the council has dismissed the concerns of local residents and more than 80 submissions against this development? Will the New South Wales Government amend the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 to ensure that approvals for brothels and similar activities are ultimately at the discretion of the Minister?
The Hon. MICHAEL GALLACHER:
I thank Reverend the Hon. Fred Nile for the detailed question on an issue that has long been of interest to him. I will seek an answer in response to it and report back to the member as soon as I can.