Protect Kids from Porn!

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Australia’s classification laws are being reviewed and urgent action is needed to ensure that these laws protect children from pornography. At the same time, we must address the widespread availability of violent pornography which scientific studies prove is directly linked to violence against women.

It is shocking that the Commonwealth government’s Australian Classification Board has legally approved all of the following to be given to children:

  • rape pornography comics like The Boys;
  • paedophilia fantasy comics like Gender Queer; and
  • adult magazines like Penthouse Australia.

Additionally, the Commonwealth and the states are refusing to assess extremely pornographic books like Fifty Shades of Grey or Japanese manga series like Negima! which show children engaged in sex acts. It means thatthese pornographic books and comics sit in a legal ‘grey area’ and law enforcement will not investigate when these books are given to children.

I have prepared a detailed submission for the review into Australia’s classification laws containing:

  • a detailed summary of the hundreds of scientific studies showing that pornography harms producers, consumers, families and society and children;
  • clear examples of government failures approving pornography – including rape and child pornography – for distribution to minors; and
  • 21 common-sense recommendations to ensure that classification laws will protect children, address violent pornography and regain the trust of Australian families.

WARNING: This submission does contain partially blurred examples of pornographic content that has been approved by government officials for distribution to children.

Submissions must be lodged by 30 May 2024. Submission can be lodged at this link.

The 21 recommendations to improve Australia’s classification scheme are listed below:

Recommendation 1:

Australia’s National Classification Scheme must have powers to assess and classify all films, publications and computer games, even if those powers are discretionary in some instances.

Recommendation 2:

Australia’s National Classification Scheme should expand to include all online content, streaming services and webpages through the Online Safety Act 2021 (Cth).

Recommendation 3:

All commercial films and computer games must be assessed.

Recommendation 4:

Publications and webpages or non-commercial films (such as a social media films) and games that contain pornographic, sexually explicit content or sexualized nudity must be assessed.

Recommendation 5:

Where a film, publication or computer game has been or can be assessed under Australia’s National Classification Scheme and there is an online version of that content (such as an ebook or streamed film), the online version should be assessed and dealt with under the Online Safety Act 2021 (Cth) in a manner that is consistent with the physical film, publication or computer game.

Recommendation 6:

Additional classification categories should be introduced for publications (and webpages) that reflect those for films and computer games and which will enable better targeted restrictions for publications which should legally be restricted from minors in a similar fashion to MA15+ films.

Recommendation 7:

‘Refused Classification’ should be renamed as ‘Prohibited’ to better reflect the meaning of this classification and to make this category more understandable for the Australian public.

Recommendation 8:

All pornographic content, including online content, should be Refused Classification (Prohibited).

Recommendation 9:

If the intestinal fortitude to prohibit pornography completely is lacking, all pornography, including online pornography, should be classified as restricted content and legally restricted from being displayed in public or distributed to minors.

Recommendation 10:

S.11 of the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (Cth) should be amended to require that classification decisions prioritise the protection of minors over the freedom of adults to read or see whatever they wish.

Recommendation 11:

A strengthened and clearer definition of pornography should be developed to address the failings of the current system and to ensure that all pornographic content and sexualized nudity is restricted content which cannot be displayed in public or distributed to minors. This definition must be strong enough to capture all forms of pornography, including the pornographic text and comic imagery detailed in this submission.

Recommendation 12:

A strengthened and clearer definition of obscene material should be developed to address the failings of the current system and to ensure that all obscene content such as descriptions or depictions of bestiality are Refused Classification (Prohibited).

Recommendation 13:

A section should be inserted into the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (Cth) akin to s.9A to the effect that a publication, film or computer game that depicts or describes a minor in a sex act or sexualized nudity of a minor must be Refused Classification (Prohibited).

Recommendation 14:

Where a film, publication or computer game displays a weblink to a pornographic website or links to a pornographic website, consumers should be warned of this link and the classification of the film, publication or computer game should take into account the content of the website as if that content was part of the film, publication or computer game.

Recommendation 15:

The publisher or distributor of a film, publication or computer game containing pornographic content must be required to apply for a classification of that content under the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (Cth) and there should be heavy fines for failing to apply for a classification of pornographic content and jail terms for distributing a publication which would be Refused Classification (Prohibited) if assessed.

Recommendation 16:

A publisher or distributor should be defined to include any person or entity that distributes a film, publication or computer game (such as a local council library).

Recommendation 17:

The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (Cth) should be amended to require that all decision reports of the Classification Board and Classification Review Board are made public and that the names of all officials who made those decisions are placed on decision reports.

Recommendation 18:

Senior officials operating Australia’s National Classification Scheme should not be drawn from the ranks of those who advocate for specific sexual orientations and nor should such persons ever assess media containing themes relating to their favoured sexual orientation.

Recommendation 19:

A section should be inserted into the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (Cth) requiring officials to be removed from their positions if they demonstrate that they are manifestly unsuitable to exercise powers under Australia’s National Classification Scheme, such as being unable to protect minors or uphold standards of decency or morality because they cannot identify a child in paedophile imagery or fail to comprehend the depiction of rape and other threatening and violent sexual conduct.

Recommendation 20:

The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (Cth) should be amended to allow the Minister to reject a decision of the Classification Board or Classification Review Board and to impose a higher level of classification if, in the opinion of the Minister, the classification decision manifestly misunderstood the content being assessed or failed to uphold the standards of decency and morality expected by the Australian public.

Recommendation 21:

The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (Cth) should be amended to allow the public to require an assessment of a film, publication or computer game for classification (or a review of a classification) if it can be demonstrated that there is considerable public concern about the lack of classification (or classification decision) by submitting an application which has the support of 500 persons.

If you support this work, please consider donating here. I cannot continue without your generosity.

Also, it has been stressful and difficult preparing this submission due to the content involved. Please keep me and my family in your prayers.

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