|Call to the ABC regarding incorrect statements
||[Mar. 6th, 2008|01:02 pm]
I rang the ABC at around 12.40 today explaining that a statement made in the 7.30 report yesterday evening Government moves to improve porn filter is legally incorrect.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Reporter: Mark Bannerman
The internet industry has argued against the systematic filtering of pornography because it will slow the speed of the net but now the Rudd Government says the industry has to cooperate in finding a better way of protecting children from the worst of the porn.
KERRY O'BRIEN: Under current state laws it's illegal to walk into a shop and buy an X-rated video, yet anyone able to log on to the Internet has access to a veritable avalanche of pornographic images.
As I explained the nicely spoken lady from the ABC this statement is legally incorrect. It is legal in every state of Australia to walk into a shop and buy an X-rated video. She explained that she believed it wasn't. I explained that it was (legal). I suggested that the ABC confirm the current legal situation by making a telephone call to the Attorney General's Department in any state of Australia or the Federal Attorney General's department. She thanked me and told me that she would let the reporter know.
It's "our ABC". I believe that if they make statements they should confirm the validity of the statements they broadcast.
That's very poor reporting by the ABC. It's illegal to sell X-rated videos in every state of Australia. It is NOT illegal to purchase or own them - even in Western Australia. If it were illegal to walk into a shop and purchase an X-rated video there would thousands upon thousands of criminals walking the streets of suburbia.......(sigh)