Discussion and Submission Papers

These papers provide information about potential developments in the field of supporting people with disability to explore the sexual lifestyles of their choice and other rights issues.

2011

Touching Base has been concerned to see many local councils taking an overly-restrictive attitude towards commercial sex services premises and home-based sex workers. These discriminatory attitudes often result in negative outcomes for sex workers and their clients with disability. Touching Base has resolved to take a stand by opposing the Marrickville Council’s draft Local Environment Plan (LEP) because it seeks to ban home-based sex workers right across the entire Marrickville area and restrict commercial sex services premises to industrial zones only. Our written submission to Marrickville Council on these matters are below in PDF or Word format.
» Submission in response to the Draft Marrickville Local Environmental Plan (MLEP) 2010 by Touching Base Inc (PDF 119kb)
» Submission in response to the Draft Marrickville Local Environmental Plan (MLEP) 2010 by Touching Base Inc (Word 424kb)

» Submission in response to the Draft Sydney Local Environmental Plan (SLEP) 2011 by Touching Base Inc and Urban Realists, Planning & Health Consultants (PDF 546kb)
» Submission in response to the Draft Sydney Local Environmental Plan (SLEP) 2011 by Touching Base Inc and Urban Realists, Planning & Health Consultants (Word 76kb)

2004 » Touching Base Workshop Handout ‘Choice v Access’ (PDF 124kb)
Dialogue paper containing various answers to question: How does the right of individual sex worker’s to decline a client, sit with the right of people with disability to access commercial sexual services without experiencing discrimination on the basis of their disability?

2003 » Legal Impediments to Sexual Expression: Fact or Furphy (PDF 263kb)
Discussion paper prepared by the Intellectual Disability Rights Services Inc (IDRS)

2002 » Submission regarding barriers to accessibility caused by local council policies by Private Worker Alliance (PWA) (PDF 167kb)

2001 » The Sex and Relationship Facilitation Project for people with disabilities (SARFP) (PDF 89kb)
The Sex and Relationship Facilitation Project aims to promote the development of self-esteem of people with disability including feelings about their body and enhancing body awareness and to help develop skills and confidence in forming sexual and emotional relationships if this is their goal.