Thursday, February 17, 2005

Porn to Run

The Films, Videos and Publications Classification Amendment Bill passed its final reading last night, with only ACT opposing the bill based on their long thought forgotten belief in free speech. A fundamental belief which, according to United Future's Marc Alexander is 'nauseating and sanctimonious'. The Greens disappointingly voted against the five year amendment, but then voted for the final bill, which I'm sure makes sense to someone in the party, if not anyone else.
It's a sad day when ACT are the sole voice of reason in our parliament.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's a perfectly normal day when ACT are the sole voice of reason in our parliament, but I agree with everything else you said.

The reason the Greens don't care is that the bill gives discretion to the censor. Our censor has already shown that he is only offended by the kind of stuff that the Greens would love to have suppressed, i.e. conservative Christian material.

What I can't understand is why United Future voted for it. 

Posted by Nigel Kearney

Anonymous said...

Why ACT opposed it: a clause allowing censorship of anything considered "highly offensive language". Allows far too much leeway. Likely to result in curtailment of free speech. See this article .

The other parties bowed to (prurient) media hysteria over child porn. They were cowed by the prospect of public witch-hunts/heresy trials. Reminiscent of Chch civic creche case. 

Posted by robertp

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