‘Soft Porn’

Saltshakers, in its May newsletter writes about the efforts to stop the selling of porn magazines in newsagents, petrol stations or delis.

Action: Saltshakers asks people to say enough is enough, and start writing letters to Federal and State members of parliament and newspapers. Ask the Federal Govt to stop Canberra being used as a haven for the legal distribution of porn across Australia. Write to Australia Post asking them to uphold the law regarding the distribution this material.

Direct Action: Saltshakers says that people should deal directly with the owners of the deli, service station, supermarket etc requesting that they remove the material.

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POSTED 9 Jun 2010
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Customs Porn Focus

The Australian Customs is asking travellers if they are carry any pornography on the incoming passenger cards. The Australian Sex Party (ASP) is asking people to sign a petition asking the Govt to remove the question which as been in place since November last year. They say it is an invasion of privacy. Speaking in response to the ASP action, Christian Democratic Party Leader Rev Fred Nile said that most countries ask visitors if they are carrying pornography to declare it. “I commend the Federal Govt for this positive move to keep Australia decent,” Rev Nile said.

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POSTED 9 Jun 2010
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Web Filter

The Australian Sex Party is leading a campaign against plans by the Federal Govt to introduce limited internet filtering. They are offering banners to be placed on websites which promote the Sex Party and fight the filtering moves.

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POSTED 24 Apr 2010
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Internet Filtering

The Australian Christian Lobby has expressed concern about the level of opposition to plans by the Federal Govt to introduce internet filtering. “it seems they want different rules for the internet than those which apply to films, magazines and books,” the ACL said in its April newsletter. To read newsletter: http://www.acl.org.au/pdfs/load_pdf_public.pdf?pdf_id=1536&from=NATIONAL

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POSTED 24 Apr 2010
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Child Exploitation

Campaigning by Liberal MLC Nick Goiran led to two amendments being passed to a child exploitation bill that was reviewed by the Legislative Council of the WA Parliament. On March 25, 2010 the council passed the bill, which is now known as the Child Pornography and Exploitation Material and Classification Legislation Amendment Bill 2009. Goiran managed to seek an amendment that re introduced the term ‘pornography” in the title of the bill as well as in the definitions of the Criminal Code in order to better reflect what the purpose of the legislation is. However an effort to increase the age definition of a child from 16 to 18 years of age and the removal of the “artistic” defence for child pornography, abuse, and exploitation was rejected by the council. The bill now goes to the lower house for debate.

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POSTED 8 Apr 2010
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EU Internet Filter

The EU Commission has indicated it wants EU Countries to block internet sites offering child pornography. However, Germany has indicated it would be against internet blockages. The Australian Federal Govt has also received heavy criticism for seeking to introduce internet filters. The US Govt has also criticised the Aust Govt as part of a diplomatic assault on internet censorship by governments worldwide.

For EU story: http://euobserver.com/9/29793/?rk=1

For Obama’s attack on Aust internet filtering: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/stephen-conroy-and-us-at-odds-on-net-filter/story-e6frg996-1225846614780

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POSTED 8 Apr 2010
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Child Porn

The Australian Christian Lobby reports that a politically correct attempt to drop the word ‘pornography’ from the phrase ‘child pornography in WA legislation has been scuttled.

The ACL e-news (Mar 11) states: “The Child Exploitation Material and Classification Legislation Amendment Bill 2009, which is currently before the Legislative Council, seeks to amend the Criminal Code in relation to child pornography offences, but it initially also attempted to strike out of the law the term ‘child pornography’ in favour of ‘child exploitation material’. ACL argues that this deceptively removes from the law the appropriate stigma attached to the word ‘pornography’.

Liberal MLC Nick Goiran spoke in parliament against the rewording, arguing that the parliament should not conspire with the pornography industry to deceptively re-brand the words as has already been done by calling pornography adult entertainment or non-violent erotica.

On March 4, 2010, MLC Nick Gorian presented 101 petitions against any move by the WA Govt to legalise or normalise prostitution. They called for the advertising of illegal prostitution businesses to be made illegal. The West Australian newspaper currently allows advertising of brothels and prostitution.

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POSTED 19 Mar 2010
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Anti Porn

Outreach Media has produced a free kit including a DVD to support their March poster which appears in 120 churches around Australia that is aimed at showing the disastorous impact on porn on Christian godliness. Each month Outreach media develops a new poster campaign. For more: http://eternity.biz/news/anti_porn_posters_and_dvds/

To see poster and DVD info: http://www.outreachmedia.org/

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POSTED 8 Mar 2010
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Pornography Harms

A new website, Pornography Harms, has been launched. The site is dedicated to providing peer reviewed research on the harm from pornography. The website has been set up by attorney Pat Trueman in the USA. Trueman is the former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (Criminal Division) in the US Department of Justice, so he knows what he is talking about!

For more: http://pornharms.com/

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POSTED 19 Feb 2010

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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