Emerald Star gets a beating in parliament
THE Emerald Star's Fur Trappers saloon bar got some attention in State Parliament yesterday, after Member for Gregory Vaughan Johnson attacked the approval and called on his party to review the "sickening" decision.
In a passionate speech in State Parliament yesterday, the long-time MP blasted the decision to grant the adult entertainment permit, saying it amounted to a "degradation of the female body at its worst".
The Emerald Star Hotel was now permitted to conduct its "adult-type operation" between 6.30pm and 2am.
"As far as I'm concerned this is the degradation of the female body at its worst," he said.
"The human body is the most sacred thing on this planet and, more than anything, the female body is more sacred than the male body.
"In the case I have to say today... where has respect gone in this society when we can see a bureaucrat make a decision that can overrule the Central Highlands Regional Council's objections and business people's objections... even I am objecting.
Central Queensland News, based in Emerald, last year2013 reported that the hotel applied for permission to open a "Moulin Rouge-inspired" 70-seat strip club with a private lap dance room as part of a multi-million dollar renovation.
The plan received opposition from residents, including the head of Emerald's Australian Family Association.
Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire slammed the Attorney-General's decision to approve the permit application saying the latter should leave his town alone.
"If you want these types of premises in the south-east or up the coast then go ahead and approve on in the Attorney-General's own electorate, but not in a small conservative Christian, country town," Cr Maguire told The CQ News.
"This council and the community lodged many objections to this application ... we wonder how this could possibly be approved."
Owner of the Fur Trappers Andrew Ludlow released the following.
"I was saddened today to read of Mr Vaughan Johnson's attack on one of my local businesses, while in his electorate business after business is closing.
I was saddened because Mr Johnson chose to attempt to create hysteria, rather than phone me and voice his concerns directly. I truly wish he had, as I am sure I could have put his concerns to rest. I could have introduced him to the strong, intelligent, driven women who I trust to run the business he attacked. I could have introduced him to the self-empowered professional entertainers who do not need me to defend them.
I am saddened as a long time LNP supporter that the LNP chose to select a man who still thinks it is acceptable for men such as himself to dictate and enforce his archaic views concerning women's bodies onto women."
Read more in Wednesday's CQ News.