Media Release: Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has renewed its calls for an urgent overhaul of film and literature classification laws following advice that the Rudd Government will not appeal the Classification Review Board’s decision to green light a film portraying the sexual abuse of minors.

ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said ACL understands the Government has received legal advice that an appeal to the Federal Court against the Review Board’s decision to clear the film Salo for DVD release would be unlikely to succeed.

“We find it difficult to understand why this would be the case,” Mr Wallace said.

“The Government now needs to act urgently to restore the trust of Australians in our classification laws.

“The faceless men and women of the Classification Review Board have set a new low bar when it comes to the protection of children and it is up to the Government to act, now that encouragement has been given for the boundaries to be pushed further under the guise of ‘artistic merit’.

“These people need to explain to the community how the sexual abuse of minors and the smearing of them with faeces has ‘artistic merit’.

“Their appalling disregard for community standards shows that the classification system is clearly broken,” Mr Wallace said.

Media Contact: Glynis Quinlan