Prostitution ban Bill passes first reading

Otago Daily Times 08/09/2010
A Bill allowing Manukau City Council to ban street prostitution passed its first reading in Parliament tonight and has been sent to a select committee for public submissions. The Bill was drafted by the council and presented by Labour’s Manurewa MP George Hawkins, but the timing of its introduction to Parliament isn’t good – the council will cease to exist on November 1 and the legislation won’t be passed by then. It will be up to Auckland’s new Super City Council to decide whether it wants to pick up the Bill. It allows the council to ban street prostitution in specified places in the city and gives police powers of arrest. Mr Hawkins told Parliament Manukau was plagued by street prostitution and it was having a huge impact on the community. Most MPs who spoke during the debate supported the bill’s intention although some were worried about passing piecemeal legislation that would make one part of Auckland different to the rest of it. Mr Hawkins asked for a personal vote to be taken and the count was 82-36 in his favour. The Bill has been sent to the local government select committee