Classification Board

The National Classification Board is currently seeking new board members, senior classifiers and a deputy director. The Board classifies every film and computer game in Australia before it is legally available by giving it a rating such as G, PG, M etc. The Australian Sex Party is encouraging members of the porn industry to apply. No formal qualifications are required to become a member of the Classification Board. According to the application form, members reflect the diversity of opinion and values in the community. A broad life experience and experience with children will be highly regarded. Applications need to be in by Mar 1, 2010.

Meanwhile the ACL reports that there was a fascinating exchange between Senator Guy Barnett and Donald McDonald, the Director of the Classification Board, at Senate Estimates in early Feb. According to McDonald the board had issued call-in notices for 36 porn magazines and 440 adult films between July-Dec 2009 because they breached classification laws. Not one of the publishers responded to the Boards notice. As a result unclassified and illegal films and magazines remain available to purchase. The ACL is seeking a reform of the Classification Board and its role in the up-coming federal election.

To read the senate estimates transcript (from p.14): http://www.aph.gov.au/hansard/senate/commttee/S12747.pdf

For info packs and job application form call (02) 6141 3416 or visit: http://www.ag.gov.au/www/agd/agd.nsf/Page/AbouttheDepartment_Employment_AppointmentstotheClassificationBoard

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POSTED 19 Feb 2010

Internet Filtering

While welcoming internet filtering of some extreme pornographic material by the Fed Govt, Saltshakers in their Feb 2010 newsletter, expressed concern with the process where pro-life websites could also be banned. A trial of the filtering programme last year also included a ban on the site of Abortion TV, a pro-life webpage that contained photographs of aborted babies. Saltshakers is concerned that websites could simply be banned because they were deemed unacceptable to the authorities or people administering the system. “We need to know who will be responsible, and what accountability/transparency there will be,” Saltshakers says.

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POSTED 6 Feb 2010
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Advertising Complaints

The Advertising Standards Bureau, which is a body of advertisers that self-regulates industry codes that it has developed, has rejected 23 complaints received from the public in January against its members, including six complaints against the graffiti covered “Wicked” campervans. The website shows that no complaints were supported by the Bureau in January. This was a lower number of complaints than that rejected in the previous month. Last year the Bureau received 600 complaints of which 80 they said breached their industry code of ethics.

A Case Study: Wicked campers operates under the catchphrase “Pay with your soul not your wallet”

The vehicles are covered with graffiti slogans such as “Don’t assume I’m not cheap. Meaningless punishment, running around getting whacked off scooby snacks, Honk if you had it last night, I lost my virginity but I still have the box it came in.”

Defending the slogan “Honk if you had it last night” Wicked campers says:

“It does not say what it is. It is not our fault that some people may read into this in a rude manner. Children would not read it like this, so this makes it suitable for its intended audience. We apologise that we can not control where people’s minds take them, they read what they choose to read. I hope you can see that we have not breached any code of ethics with this slogan, we especially have not breached section 2.3”

Action: To lodge a complaint against an advert: http://www.adstandards.com.au/pages/page38.asp

To find out how the self regulation works and to look at what adverts are causing offence and why the bureau has rejected the complaints visit: http://www.adstandards.com.au/pages/casestudy_search.asp

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POSTED 6 Feb 2010
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Roger David

The ACL reports that national menswear chain Roger David has in its store two highly sexualised t-shirt designs that demean women and glamorise abuse. One shows a women who appears gagged and roughed up. Roger David features the t-shirts on its homepage and facebook page.

For media report: http://www.theage.com.au/national/outrage-over-graphic-tshirts-prompts-pornography-row-20100123-mrqu.html

Roger David homepage: http://www.rogerdavid.com.au/

Action: The ACL is encouraging anyone who comes across on the inappropriate designs to register their concern with the individual store and with company headquarters. You can also fill in your comments by clicking ‘Contact‘ on the Roger David website.

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POSTED 6 Feb 2010
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SA R-rated Films

The South Australian Govt has introduced a law which means any R-rated film on display in a general outlet containing films containing films with lower classifications, must be displayed in plain packaging.  One film promoter said he was gobsmacked because it would discourage people from watching these films and would be harmful to the R-rated film promotors.

For more: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/industry-alarm-at-r-rated-cover-up/story-e6frg6nf-1225819431495

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POSTED 25 Jan 2010

Weeds

Reported worse than Californication. Weeds is made for US Cable TV by Showtime as is being shown on Channel 9 GO. It started Nov 29 10pm Sunday nights. For info: http://go.ninemsn.com.au/weeds/

For article “Has Nine gone to pot”: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/tv/has-nine-gone-to-pot/story-e6frf9ho-1111112707274

Action: Saltshakers says that if you see a program that concerns you, please write to the TV station and express your concern. For ideas on how to take action on TV and TV contact details: http://www.saltshakers.org.au/take-action/television

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POSTED 11 Jan 2010
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Californication

Channel 10 is showing Californication again. Last year with a strong campaign from Saltshakers and FamilyVoice more than 50 advertisers told Channel 10 they did NOT want their ads shown during the programme. There were 64 companies that did the same in series 1 in 2007. It is being screened Wednesday nights at 9.30pm. Saltshakers is monitoring the program for breaches of the Code of Practice and for some sponsors and advertisers. Last year ACMA found the program breached the code on a couple of occasions but it is still being shown!

Action: Saltshakers is asking people to write a short letter to channel 10.

  • Ask them NOT to show the program.
  • Remind them of the number of companies that have told Channel Ten NOT to show their ads on the program over the past two years.

You will need to send your letter by post or fax (no email address is available).

To find the address for your state go to http://ten.com.au/contact-us.htm

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POSTED 11 Jan 2010
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ACMA Code

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has released a new industry code of practice that was implemented from Jan 1, 2010.

For more: http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=pc_311991

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POSTED 11 Jan 2010
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Internet Filtering

The Communications Minister Stephen Conroy announced that the Govt will make it compulsory for Internet Service Providers to filter the worst of the worst pornography and violence from the internet.

This means that child porn, rape porn, bestiality and anything else judged as Refused Classification (RC) under Australia’s classification laws, such as instruction in crime and drug use, will be blocked.

The Australian Christian Lobby says that this is a great first step in protecting children from the harms of pornography online.

For Conroy’s media release: http://www.minister.dbcde.gov.au/media/media_releases/2009/115

Action: the ACL asks people to write to Sen Conroy thanking him for this move. The ACL says that it is important that the minister hears from people when he announces good policy and from people with real concerns for the safety of kids online. Contact details:

Senator Stephen Conroy
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Level 4, 4 Treasury Place
Melbourne Vic 3002

His e-mail address is senator.conroy@aph.gov.au.

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POSTED 11 Jan 2010
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Avatar

From Movieguide.org:  Everything about the production works to manipulate audiences to cheer for the survival of the Na’vi and an end to the brutality of the greedy humans destroying the planet.

People need to carefully consider the messages in the movie and weigh them against reality. It’s politically popular to be critical of Capitalism. Michael Moore recently tried to make a few more million documenting the evil of capitalism.

The truth is that Capitalism is only as evil and the person practicing it.

The problem with life on earth is not Capitalism it is the wickedness of human nature. The cure for this is not found in hugging a tree. The cure is to repent of sin and accept that Jesus Christ paid the price for your forgiveness AND TRANSFORMATION. Movies are fiction.

Fiction can inspire good or evil. During World War II Hitler, Stalin and the United States used movies to inspire their people. German screenwriters made Hitler look like a god who’d come to lead the master race.

When you watch a movie like AVATAR know that the filmmaker is playing with your mind and emotions. Every frame is carefully planned to lure you to come to the conclusion the filmmaker wants you to accept. By the time the final scene comes, you don’t just want the bad guy killed; you want him to die some spectacular death. The filmmaker picks the bad guy. James Cameron could have made you hate the Na’vi and love the Colonel. Michael Moore could interview people that make Capitalism look glorious. Al Gore could go shoot a movie about global cooling.

If you want the truth, read the Bible.

For full article: “Capitalism, Christianity, Avatar” see: http://www.movieguide.org/articles/1/574/capitalism-christianity-and-avatar-by-david-outten

For another review from Young Media Australia: http://www.youngmedia.org.au/mediachildren/07_04/07_04_504_avatar.htm

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POSTED 18 Dec 2009
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