Queensland’s Attorney-General The Hon Jarrod Bleijie has held a media conference today to announce there will be a committee formed to establish legislation that will regulate outdoor advertising in the same way that children’s television is regulated. This is a huge win for our children and our society.
In a letter tabled in parliament on Wednesday, Mr Bleijie said community concerns about outdoor advertising in the state led him to consider “the appropriateness of the current model” of control.
These comments were in response to a petition from the Australian Christian Lobby's Queensland Director Wendy Francis, who has been a central figure in the campaign calling for outdoor advertising to be G-rated and who commenced a petition to the Queensland Government.
“I agree with the petitioners that children and young people in our community should be entitled to live in a caring and nurturing environment, protected from harm and exploitation,” Mr Bleijie wrote.
“As a father of young children, I appreciate the challenges outdoor advertising presents to parents in trying to restrict children's exposure to sexually explicit images and slogans.”
The Queensland Parliamentary committee system, which was commenced in the last parliament, will consult with a number of community groups to establish what changes are needed to make outdoor advertising G-rated. Please thank the Attorney-General, The Hon Jarrod Bleijie, for this step towards a restoration of a parent’s right to monitor their children’s awareness of adult messages and themes - Attorney@ministerial.qld.gov.au