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Sexualisation of Children
  15. Classification
  16. Internet safety
   


Sexualisation of Children

15. Classification

Australians are increasingly bombarded with sexualised images in outdoor advertising and billboards. These are degrading and are in full view of children on public roads and bus shelters.

Will your party better protect children by mandating a G rating for outdoor advertising?

Australian Labor Party
Australian Labor Party [View responses to all questions from the Australian Labor Party]
  • Outdoor advertising is not currently covered by the National Classification Scheme and is instead regulated through advertising standards.
  • Federal Labor commissioned the Australian law reform commission to run a comprehensive review of the National Classification Scheme, which recommended against extending the National Classification Scheme to outdoor advertising.
  • We are currently consulting with State and Territory Governments about the review recommendations.


Democratic Labour Party of Australia
Democratic Labour Party of Australia [View responses to all questions from the Democratic Labour Party of Australia]

 The DLP is committed to protecting children. We support a G rating for outdoor advertising.



Liberal National Coalition
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  • The Coalition supported the recommendations of the 2011 House of Representatives Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee Inquiry into regulation of outdoor advertising, which concluded that industry self-regulation of advertising standards needs to include a specific code of practice for outdoor advertising.
  • If elected, we will continue to work with stakeholders and industry to respond to the concerns that were raised during the Inquiry, which are primarily a matter for state and local governments.


Liberal Democratic Party
Liberal Democratic Party [View responses to all questions from the Liberal Democratic Party]
  •  The LDP supports free speech and would not support such censorship of advertising. 


Rise Up Australia Party
Rise Up Australia Party [View responses to all questions from the Rise Up Australia Party]
  • Yes
We will support mandating both a G rating for outdoor advertising, as well as for TV advertising during the day and early evenings.
 


Australian Christians
Australian Christians [View responses to all questions from the Australian Christians]
  •  YES


Christian Democratic Party
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 We have always maintained a G rating for all outdoor advertising and we will continue to demand it. 



Family First
Family First [View responses to all questions from the Family First]

Yes, Family First supports the mandating of a G rating for outdoor advertising

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16. Internet safety

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a plan requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to automatically filter pornographic websites unless adults opt-in to receive it.

Will your party protect children by supporting the blocking of all pornography at ISP level using an opt-in system for adults, such as that proposed in the UK?

Australian Labor Party
Australian Labor Party [View responses to all questions from the Australian Labor Party]
  • The Rudd Labor Government takes the online safety of all Australians very seriously and believes there is some content that has no place in a civil society. We remain committed to ensuring that access to child abuse material is restricted.
  • Blocking the INTERPOL ‘Worst of’ list of child abuse material achieves that objective and we have implemented this policy by using existing legislative powers. We know from the experience of the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) already blocking the INTERPOL list that this is a highly successful strategy.
  • With several ISPs participating, over 90% of Australian internet users are covered, and this coverage will increase further as the Australian Federal Police (AFP) works with ISPs and the Internet Industry Association (IIA).


Democratic Labour Party of Australia
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 The DLP is committed to protecting all people, and so, would support this policy.



Liberal National Coalition
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  • The Coalition understands that while the internet delivers profound benefits, it also presents potential dangers. Facebook, networking games, smart phones and iPads are all part of the typical daily life for most of today's children.
  • As parents and teachers have been responding to the challenges of children and teenagers participating on social networking sites, the current government has been pre-occupied with its internet filter, which it has since abandoned.
  • The Coalition will focus on providing greater support for teachers and parents in their work in guiding young children into adulthood, including helping them to become responsible digital citizens. We do not seek to limit the existing free expression or interaction of adults, rather we will seek to protect children from dangerous material and harmful behaviour that can damage them.

The Coalition did not implement an internet filter when we were last in government because it was not workable or effective, and it offered parents a false sense of security.

The Coalition has continued to closely monitor and assess whether a mandatory ISP filter could technically offer real protection while not interfering with the internet experience of law-abiding adults. These conditions have not yet been met to our satisfaction.

A Coalition Government will not introduce a mandatory ISP filter but will instead focus on providing greater support for teachers and parents in their work to protect children online.

We support sensible and workable measures to protect them from illegal or inappropriate content. The Coalition believes the best internet filter a child can have is a parent who is engaged in what their children see and do on the internet. We will continue to work with and support parents to ensure the online safety of our children.



Liberal Democratic Party
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  • The LDP supports free speech and would only support blocking of pornography at ISP level if it was entirely voluntary and there was no prospect of it becoming obligatory.  


Rise Up Australia Party
Rise Up Australia Party [View responses to all questions from the Rise Up Australia Party]
  •  Yes
 
We will support the blocking of all pornography at ISP level using an opt in system for adults such as proposed in the UK
 


Australian Christians
Australian Christians [View responses to all questions from the Australian Christians]
  •  YES


Christian Democratic Party
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We will support blocking of all pornography at ISP level but will need to more closely examine the opt-in system for adults,  that is proposed. Our concern is how the opt-in is managed as this could be easily bypassed if not correctly managed.



Family First
Family First [View responses to all questions from the Family First]
  • Family First was one of the first groups to begin the campaign for tighter regulation of RC material.
  • We believe that parents need the option of filtering online content from their children that is objectionable, pornographic, or dangerous.
  • Family First recognises that filtering of content is one element in a range of tools needed to protect children.
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