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ACL joins legal action against film containing 'simulated paedophilia'
· June 20, 2010 10:00 AM
ACL has joined fellow pro-family group Family Voice Australia, and Liberal senators Julian McGauran and Guy Barnett, in a Federal Court appeal against the release of the disturbing 1975 film
. The film had previously been refused classification on six separate occasions, the most recent in 2008.
, which depicts the kidnap, torture and sexual abuse of minors by a group of four Fascists in Mussolini's Italy, was recently approved for DVD sale in Australia accompanied by two hours of additional material, which is meant to place the film within its broader historical and cinematic ‘context’.
In recent Senate Estimates hearings, chairman of the Classification Board Donald McDonald admitted that the Board had no evidence people would actually watch the contextual material, which formed the basis of the decision to approve the DVD’s release.
Mr McDonald also confessed that, “Simulated paedophilia could be acceptable in the context of a particular film”. He further admitted the film contained “depictions of paedophilia”, contradicting his classifiers, who had argued otherwise. Clearly the Classification Board have erred in allowing the sale of
– if paedophilia doesn’t overstep the boundaries, do any boundaries actually exist? ACL has called for an overhaul of classification laws to restore the public's trust in the system.
Senator McGauran and
issued separate media releases. For media coverage of the Federal Court appeal, please click
No court appeal on 'Salo' means Government must act to fix classification system
· June 10, 2010 10:00 AM
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 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. The Government now needs to act urgently to restore the trust of Australians in our classification laws,” ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said in a media release issued today.
“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’.” Please click
to read the media release.
‘Simulated’ paedophilia permitted on Australian screens
· May 26, 2010 10:00 AM
Senate Estimates hearings can often uncover some interesting, and often disturbing, revelations about the workings and thinking of Government agencies, and the current round of hearings has been no exception.
Earlier this week Donald McDonald, Director of the Classification Board, revealed to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee that paedophilia is permissible in films legally available for sale and hire in Australia so long as it is ‘simulated’.
Mr McDonald made this astonishing admission whilst receiving a ferocious grilling from Senators Barnett and McGauran about the recent decision of the Classification Board and the Review Board to classify Salo, a despicable 1975 Italian film that depicts the sexual degradation of minors, as R18+. The film had previously been refused classification on six separate occasions.
Senator McGauran, who has been a vocal opponent of Salo for a number of years, was rightly incensed by the revelation, arguing that, “if it [paedophilia] is implied, that is a ground for refusal of classification. It only has to be implied or acted or depicted. Of course you will never get actual paedophilia: that is a ridiculous statement to make”.
The lengthy exchange between Mr McDonald and the Senators exposes the flawed thinking of Australia’s classifiers. Not only does Mr McDonald excuse Salo as an “archaeological artefact”, but contradicts the majority decision of the Review Board by clearly admitting that the film contains depictions of paedophilia.
Further, Mr McDonald confesses that the Classification Board has absolutely no evidence that people will watch the two hours of additional material, which is meant to place the film within its broader historical and cinematic ‘context’. The inclusion of this material was the main basis of the Board’s decision to approve the release of Salo.
These startling admissions demonstrate how the Classification Board has lost touch with community expectations. Mr McDonald even said that, “We do not seek community opinion”. Perhaps it is time that it started to do so, especially if the Board’s Salo decision is representative of how defective its reasoning skills have become.
To read the transcript of the Senate Estimates hearing, please click
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