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ACL's Dan Flynn's radio debate on new R18+ Video Games category commencing 1 January 2013
· November 22, 2012 11:00 AM
This week SYN FM broadcast a spirited
between Victorian Director Dan Flynn and Tim Colwill, founder of R18+ Games Australia, concerning video game violence and its effect on children.
Federal Government legislation has created a new category of R18+ Video games that will commence on 1 January 2013. State Governments are enacting enforcement legislation to reflect the change.
The levels of sex and violence standards contained in the new R18+ category have been set by
determined by all State Attorneys- General.
ACL has consistently argued that its tentative support for the creation of the new R18+ category was on the basis that games currently inappropriately rated MA15+ be moved into the higher classification to send a clear message to parents and children that these games were extremely unsuitable for children.
New South Wales MP Greg Donnelly has
that after the introduction of the new rating, steps will be taken to reclassify at least 50 games currently rated MA15+ to R18+,where those games were previously shoehorned into the MA15+ category
It is of the utmost importance that material that is currently
refused classification (RC)
retain that classification. It appears, from comments by Tim Colwill in this debate, that he agrees.
Lyle Shelton on The Political Spot
· November 13, 2012 11:00 AM
Lyle Shelton is the Chief of Staff of the Australian Christian Lobby. He spoke to Daniel Simon about the Federal Government's announcement that it would not go ahead with its plans to introduce mandatory internet filtering of Refused Classification content at the internet service provider level.
MR: Blocking child abuse material does not obviate need for filtering legislation
· November 08, 2012 11:00 AM
For release: Friday, November 9, 2012
The Australian Christian Lobby has said that the federal government’s announcement that it will require internet service providers (ISPs) to block a list of child abuse websites is welcome but falls well short of the internet safety commitment it gave prior to the last election.
In answer to ACL’s 2010 federal election questionnaire, the
to “introduce mandatory ISP level filtering of content that is rated Refused Classification”.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said that while it was positive the government was enforcing the obligation of ISPs under the Telecommunications Act 1997 to block illegal child abuse websites on the INTERPOL list, this did not obviate the need for more widespread filtering of other harmful online content.
“Although child abuse material is the most heinous element of the Refused Classification category, it is just a part of the prohibited online content the government committed to blocking at the ISP level prior to the last election,” Mr Wallace said.
“Having ISPs block only illegal child abuse material does not meet the government’s cyber safety election commitment to mandatory ISP filtering of Refused Classification material.
“The government’s decision not to legislate to the full extent of its commitment is a great disappointment.”
Mr Wallace also said the fact that there are no reports of adverse impacts on internet speeds and congestion by the several Australian ISPs already blocking sites on the Interpol list for over a year made a nonsense of the scare campaign perpetuated by civil libertarians against ISP filtering.
It also proved that it was technically possible to block further harmful content where there was political will to do so.
ACL's submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry on sexting
· August 29, 2012 10:00 AM
On 27 August 2012, Victorian Director Dan Flynn presented the submission of the Australian Christian Lobby to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into sexting. Click
to read the submission.
Sexting refers to the increasing practice among young people of taking indecent pictures of themselves and transmitting them to another on smartphones and computers. Significant harm may follow,including harrassment and bullying-particularly when images are forwarded to others.
ACL pointed out that once the image is taken and forwarded the creator has no control over the use that the image will be put to. The dangers of sexting include permanent damage to the subject's digital footprint. Incidents of harassment related suicides resulting from sexting were referred to and recommended that priority should be given to education programs in schools that alert students to the harmful effects.
ACL supports legislative amendment that would currently see young people naively sexting facing charges of creating child pornograhy with potential terms of imprisonment and registration on the Sex Offenders Register for 8+ years, charged with a more suitable offence, in appropriate cases.
However ACL does not support the decriminalising of sexting. Mr Flynn said that decriminalisation would send a message that it is now "ok " to sext and would result in an increase in this dangerous practice.
ACL also submitted that any new legislation must ensure that genuinely predatory adults are placed on a Sex Offender Register when guilty of producing or transmitting child pornography.
The submission called on the Victorian Government to request the Federal Government to implement its promised mandatory Internet filter of "Refused Classification" material-a practical measure to reduce the "sexualisation of culture" and protect children.
The Victorian Law Reform Committee will report to the Parliament later this year.
to read the transcript.
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