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Sex worker's win may be overturned

THE decision to allow a sex worker to operate out of a Moranbah hotel could be overturned after it raised the ire of the Queensland Government.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie will also appeal a Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal decision to send an indigenous Canadian woman to her home country for spiritual healing with taxpayers expected to foot the $21,000 bill.

Mr Bleijie said he had requested immediate advice from Crown Law about whether he could intervene in any appeal the Central Queensland motel owner may make or appeal the decision directly.

He said he would also find a way to change the laws to ensure there was no inconsistency between the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 and the Liquor Act 1992 if he found a conflict existed.

"QCAT ruled the owners of a motel in Moranbah breached the Anti-Discrimination Act by denying a legal sex worker a room," he said.

"The government stands on the side of business owners and supports their ability to make decisions about what does or does not occur on their premises.

"This will also give certainty to our business owners that they are in control of their establishments.

"Mr Bleijie said the Government would not allow Queensland taxpayers to pay for a woman to travel overseas to receive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.QCAT ruled in Ruth Schaefer's favour last month after hearing evidence the healing programs for indigenous people in Australia were ineffective.

"I understand the importance of Ms Schaefer's rehabilitation as a victim of crime, however it is inconceivable to suggest treatment can't be found here in Queensland," Mr Bleijie said.

"QCAT ordered the Government to pay Ms Schaefer $20,480 which included $4000 for a 35-day treatment program and $16,480 for airfares.

"Victims Assist Queensland filed an appeal last month and I have decided to intervene and support this appeal."

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