“The accommodation industry welcomes the announcement from the Queensland Government that it is supportive of the ability of business owners to make decisions about what does or does not occur on their premises following the anti-discrimination judgment relating to a sex worker staying in a motel which has been handed down by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT).
“Operators of accommodation businesses can feel much more certain about their rights as a direct result of this announcement, which includes a pledge by the Government to explore legislative change and/or an appeal of this decision.
“It is further confirmation that Premier Campbell Newman and his Government have a strong interest in tourism and that they are keen to ensure that the Queensland tourism experience is enriched by staying in accommodation establishments across the State.
“The Newman Government deserves credit for stating that it intends to play a leading role in addressing this important issue.
“The Accommodation Association is in the process of determining what part it will play in any appeal.
“It remains the industry’s position that the decision about who is able to stay in tourism accommodation businesses in Australia should lie with the owner, operator, licensee or manager of the business.”