|Saturday evening (Bob's opine !)
||[Oct. 4th, 2008|07:30 pm]
According to The Age October 4, 2008 - 5:59AM
Controversial artist Bill Henson has yet again come under fire from the nation's "outraged" and "revolted" politicians, this time following revelations he went to a primary school to search for suitable subjects for his artwork.
Mr Marr said Mr Henson was accompanied by the school principal at all times and he did not tell the children he wanted them to model for him or take any photographs.
"The only contact with the photographer was if the parents of the children wished to talk to him," he told Sky News.
"The impression has been put about by Senator Heffernan and by others that he kind of roamed, roamed the playground unsupervised, perhaps interviewing children, perhaps photographing children.
In May, the prime minister bought into the controversy surrounding the NSW police seizing Mr Henson's photographs from a gallery.
"I find them absolutely revolting," he said of the pictures.
"Kids deserve to have the innocence of their childhood protected. I have a very deep view of this. For God's sake, let's just allow kids to be kids," he said at the time."
HOPEFULLY MR. RUDD you discussed human rights while you were in China including the alleged abuse of children (for example)
e.g from the Telegraph.co.uk
By James Orr
Last Updated: 11:55PM GMT 03 Dec 2005
The routine beatings allegedly given to child gymnasts in China are no different to the corporal punishment that was once part of daily life in English public schools, according to the head of the Olympic movement.
Jacques Rogge said the allegations about treatment of young gymnasts at a Beijing sports hall were not unlike the "physical punishment" previously accepted at schools across Britain.
AND some of them won medals I understand despite doubts about their age !
Did you address human rights and human freedom while in China ? Did you ? You continually vilify an internationally renowned artist, treating him ( by innuendo ) as some form of pedophile and inspiring the press to treat him as one rather than the human being he is !
I suggest you read a bit more Mr. Rudd. I find your government tending towards autocracy. The ALP hardly comes to mind when it comes to consideration of human rights and you are planning to become one of the most censorious governments this nation has ever had to endure.
let's hear you talk about human freedoms...