A South Australian MP has listed the business ‘Prostitutes Delight’ on her latest list of declared interests.
- SA Best MLC Connie Bonaros listed ‘Prostitutes Delight’ on her interests register
- It was registered on the same day state parliament debated a bill to decriminalise sex work
- Michelle Lensink says her new share listings are in line with the rules, despite ministers not being allowed to trade them
SA Best MLC Connie Bonaros listed her directorship of the company this year, after registering the name in 2019.
‘Prostitutes Delight’ is registered to the offices of the Centre Alliance and SA Best political parties in Adelaide.
What’s in a name?
Ms Bonaros registered the business name on June 6, 2019 — the same day state parliament debated a bill to decriminalise sex work in South Australia.
Labor MLC Emily Bourke spoke at length about her concerns that the bill would essentially regulate the industry in-line with bakeries.
Treasurer Rob Lucas supported Ms Bourke’s concerns.
“The comparison between the owners and operators of brothels under this legislation and the local baker, I think, are important industrial-related issues that will need to be addressed,” Mr Lucas told parliament.
Ms Bonaros said she took issue with the Treasurer’s repeated “flippant comments” during the debate linking the idea of Bakers Delight and ‘Prostitutes Delight’.
“The Treasurer would’ve upset many in the Parliament at the time who were involved in the industry, many people would have taken exception to what he was saying,” Ms Bonaros said.
“It was going to be a surprise for the Treasurer — you have to think outside the square!”
The bill passed the Upper House but was later voted down in the Lower House.
Debate on the issue is expected to return, but Ms Bonaros said the exact timeframe is unknown due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Ms Bonaros also said she had no plans to operate any business under the name.
Questions over shares
Each MP is required to list their major financial, property, business interests and gifts each year in a declaration to the parliament.
Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink’s declaration includes new share holdings.
Share trading is forbidden under ministerial rules.
She has listed shares with Beyond Bank Australia, Coles Group and Iress Limited — none of which were listed last year.
A spokesperson for the Minister said that the Iress shares were left off the 2019 declaration in error, which was rectified with the parliament last year.
The spokesperson said Ms Lensink was not an investor in Beyond Bank or Coles.
Under the code, ministers are required to also list the shares owned by their family members.
Flights, concert tickets also listed
Labor MLC Irene Pnevmatikos and Connie Bonaros also listed $3,500 trips to Greece funded by the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association.
The association sponsors conferences of parliamentarians of Greek decent from around the world.
Liberal MLC David Ridgway listed a four-day WOMADELAIDE pass and the 2019 AFL Grand Final Luncheon courtesy of Carlton United Breweries.
Mr Ridgway admitted to failing to declare his rental property at Victor Harbor while investment minister earlier this year.
Several MPs now explicitly state rental income as well as their partner’s income, after not doing so in previous years.