[LINK] Eros Foundation Queries ABA's Priorities
Wed, 25 Oct 2000 14:41:03 +1100
I don't normally monitor Eros Foundation's activities - honest!! (:-)}
The following just happened to fall off the back of a passing truck.
I make no judgements on the matter (simply because I haven't read into the
topic carefully enough); and *please* don't tell Brian I posted this ...
Media Release by the Eros Foundation
22 October 2000
Child Porn Approved by Federal Government 2000-10-22 00:00:00
In a letter to an Eros Foundation member, the Australian Broadcasting
Authority claimed that material housed in the prelolitas.com site was not
prohibited under the Broadcastign Services Act, while non violent adult
erotica in the X category, was.
Prelolitas.com shows children having sex with adults and employs sexually
assaultative language in many of the scenes. It is believed to be under
investigation in the US by the FBI.
Eros Media Director, Robbie Swan said that the decision showed up
fundamental flaws in the government's new online regulatory scheme and
called on Senator Alston to scrap the Online Services Act and go back to the
'We believe that this is one of many instances where extremely violent,
ultra racist and child pornographic material is being approved as suitable
for Australian adults because the government is investing all its resources
into a witchhunt for non violent erotic X rated material', he said. Mr Swan
said that taxpayers were paying an unbeleivebale $5,000 per complaint for
the ABA to oversee the current regime.
'The Minister should immediately ammend the Online Services Act , so that it
mirrors the Commonwealth's Classification Act and allows the ABA to focus on
child pornography and hate speech rather than have the Online Services Act
linked to Pay TV legislation where adult erotica is not allowed'.
Mr Swan called on Senator Alston to state how many other child pornography,
hate speech and violence-oriented sites had been given an Unrestricted
ruling by the ABA as these types of sites were not referred to in the ABA's
recent report on its online scheme.
ABA Decision follows
Date: Wednesday, August 09, 2000 11:54 AM
Subject: Internet content complaint ref 2000001742
I refer to the complaint that you lodged with the Australian
Broadcasting Authority (ABA) on 5 August 2000 about Internet content at the
Following investigation of your complaint, the ABA is satisfied that the
Internet content is not prohibited or potential prohibited content as
defined by the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (the Act). Under the Act,
the following categories of Internet content are prohibited:
· Content which is classified RC or X by the Classification Board,
- material containing detailed instruction in crime, violence or drug use;
- child pornography;
- excessively violent or sexually violent material; and
- real depictions of actual sexual activity.
· Content hosted in Australia which is classified R and not subject
to a restricted access system which complies with criteria determined by
the ABA. Content classified R is not considered suitable for minors and
- material containing excessive and/or strong violence or sexual violence;
- material containing implied or simulated sexual activity; and
- material which deals with issues or contains depictions which require an
The Classification Board Guidelines for the Classification of Films and
Videotapes are available on the Office of Film and Literature
Classification website at http://www.oflc.gov.au . Further information
co-regulatory scheme for Internet content is available at the ABA website at
Thank you for bringing this matter to the ABA's attention.
Online Services Content Regulation
Roger Clarke http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/
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