Daily Archives: May 16, 2012

Should visiting a sex worker be legal?

What if you had not been touched erotically in 10 long years? What if a disability made it hard for you to even self pleasure?

That was the predicatment ‘Ian’ found himself in – and he chose to visit an Adelaide brothel.

But sex work has still not been decriminalised in South Australia as it has in other Australian states.

So should ‘Ian’, or anyone else, be able to visit a sex professional – a sex worker?

Two SA State Labor parliamentarians, Minister for Women Gail Gago and Backbencher Steph Key, will present private members bills to parliament this month with the aim to decriminalise sex work in South Australia, in what  Ms Gago says is a “long overdue change in an area where South Australia is out of step with the rest of the nation.”

Dignity for Disability MP Kelly Vincent supports the private members bills and says people with disabilities need to be able to safely and legally access sex workers.

We spoke to ‘Ian’, who has a disability and has used sex services in the past, to get his side of the story.

Download Interview

Produced by: Tim Brunero and Michael Roelink

International Day Against Homophobia

Thursday May 17 is International Day Against Homophobia and the theme this year – in their 10th annual campaign – is Sexual Diversity in the Workplace.

The focus this year is to emphasise the benefits of sexual diversity in the workplace and the positive results it can bring to employers, workers and companies alike.

Logan Bold from AIDS Council of South Australia, and backer of the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) came into the studio this morning to discuss the presence of Homophobia in Australian culture and recent proposals to legalise same sex marriage.

Download Interview

Produced by: Ash Prigent

Oil exploration bites into Great Australian Bight

Did you know that BP’s oil exploration and seismic testing around the Great Australian Bight is threatening Southern Right Whales and other marine species?

Over the past 3 years, the Government has progressively opened up more locations to oil and gas exploration in the area and BP has been conducting seismic testing in marine park areas and whale feeding regions.

Tim Kelly from the South Australian Conservation Council came into the studio this morning to discuss oil exploration and the impact of seismic testing in the Great Australian Bight on our treasured native species.

Download Interview

US film maker: From USA to Adelaide

Stoneking is coming! no, not  the famous singer/songwriter CW Stoneking but his father Billy Marshall Stoneking.

In town to perform a series of workshops this weekend at the South Australian Writers’ Centre, acclaimed writer/producer Billy Marshall Stoneking will be giving away all his storytelling secrets.

We spoke to Billy Marshall Stoneking about what to expect from his seminar and workshop taking place throughout this week. Head to wheresthedrama.com for more details.

Download Interview

Produced by: Rebecca Elliott

Does NAPLAN do its job?

IT has been suggested that NAPLAN testing is not broad enough to give an accurate overview of the current education system.

Any array of groups have come out against NAPLAN and its associated myschools website.

We spoke to David Smith, Vice President of the Australian Education Union about the future of NAPLAN and what it means for South Australian students.

Download Interview

Produced by: Bill Walter

Japan will have no children

Within the next millennium, it is predicted that Japan will have no children.

So this is how the streets of Japan would look…

And should your boss be able to control what you do with your body?

Also, in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, there are less and less students wanting to study once prestigious nuclear science courses.

We spoke to our weekly Japan correspondent, Professor Toby Slade at the University of Tokyo about these topics and more.

Download Interview