Australia

Sep 24, 2010

Now NSW police become the p-rn police

Now a police officer in NSW can make a snap decision about the classification of a film, simply based on its cover, that could see a shop assistant go to jail, writes Fiona Patten, convenor of the Australian Sex Party.

On Tuesday this week, without fanfare or even a debate, the NSW parliament passed in the lower house an Amendment Bill that may, in the words of its own Legislative Review committee “be an undue trespass on personal rights and liberties as there is a lack of fairness in their scope and operation and potentially puts the accused at a significant disadvantage”.

Basically these draconian new censorship laws will give police the power to classify adult DVDs, just by looking at their covers. Earlier this year, the NSW government sent a 40-year-old gay adult shop owner to jail for selling adult DVDs that had already been classified X18+ by federal authorities. It was the first time that someone had been sent to jail in Australia since 1947, for a censorship offence.

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