Congratulations to the OFLC for upholding their own classification guidelines by banning Michael Winterbottom's film 9 Songs.
Last week the Office of Film and Literature Classification voted 7 to 1 to award an X18+ classification to
the film, due to the "frequency, duration and detail of the explicit [actual] sexual activity"
One of the usual suspects up in arms about the decision is the film's distributor, Accent Film Entertainment, who have
appealed the decision.
The OFLC are not film critics. Their job is to view films with the Australian guidelines in mind and uphold them,
without reference to any possible "artistic merit".
Tas Attorney Gen Judy Jackson is recommending that brothels be allowed to open right next door to schools and churches
- next door to your home!
Her reason? 200 m. buffer zones create red-light districts!
So let's have brothels...everywhere!
Despite this convoluted logic, we think Tasmanians can easily see that it's brothels that create red-light districts,
not the absence of them!
Please contact Tas MP's (even non Tasmanians please write or email to say that this nonsense is making Tassie the object
of derision...Tas politicians tend to feel a bit of "cultural cringe" and your out-of-State - or international - letter can
be a wake-up call).
Use our Lobby page to email (as many as possible) Tasmanian MP's or write to The Premier Paul Lennon, Parliament House, Hobart, TAS 7000.
They plan is to legalise prostitution by saying in their Orwellian way, "It already exists, so we'll just 'regulate'
it!"; trying to rush Tas brothel "regulation" through before the end of session (less than 2 weeks).
Please tell them NO brothels, NO legal, state-endorsed prostitution. Not any, not anywhere.
The SA government is scheduled to begin debating the controversial
Statutes Amendment (Relationships) Bill in the coming week. It proposes to give
"relationship rights" to homosexual couples.
Mrs Ros Phillips, of Festival of Light (FOL) SA says "The
Relationships Bill would delete the word 'spouse' from over 80 SA laws, replacing it with 'domestic partner'. Adoption and
IVF laws are the only exceptions, but SA Attorney-General Michael Atkinson said in his second reading speech on 15/9/04 that
further amendments to allow same-sex couples to adopt and use IVF 'remain under consideration'."
IF this is a concern to you as a South Australian, contact your MPs. If
you have friends/family in SA, contact or send this link to them.
Only a short,
2-line letter is required:
Ask your MPs to oppose the Statutes Amendment
2. Request a reply so that you can tell all your friends (or neighbours, or club, or playgroup, or church...)
Even a reason is not strictly necessary; the purpose of your email/letter is to be counted.
Go to our Lobby page to email your Members of the Legislative Council and Premier Mike Rann.
The Tasmanian government is set to introduce new domestic violence laws.
Ms Jackson is quoted as saying family violence was a "horrific crime" that would not be tolerated.
But wait a minute.
Didn't her government just pass laws, against overwhelming public opposition, to allow homosexual 'couples' to adopt children?
Is the Tasmanian Atty Gen Judy Jackson too politically correct to recognise or address the massive problem of domestic violence
occurring in homosexual couples?
The Journal of Interpersonal Violence (Dec 1994) examined conflict and violence
in lesbian relationships. 90% of the lesbians surveyed had been recipients of one or more acts of verbal aggression
from their intimate partners during the year prior to the study, with one or more incidents of actual physical abuse.
a survey of 1,099 lesbians, the Journal of Social Science Research (vol 15, 1991, pages 41-59) found that "slightly
more than half of the lesbians reported that they had been abused by a female lover/partner. The most frequent forms
of abuse were verbal/emotional/psychological abuse and combined with physical/psychological abuse."
In their book The
Men Who Beat The Men Who Love Them: Battered Gay Men and Domestic Violence, D Island and P Lettellier (New York:
Hawthorn Press, 1991, page 14) report that "the incidence of violence among gay men is nearly double that in the heterosexual
The U S Justice Department reports that "married women in traditional families experience the lowest rate
of violence compared with women in other types of relationships." (Bureau of Justice Statistics Selected Findings,
November 1994, page 2.) The Medical Institute for Sexual Health goes on to say, "...marriage relationships
tend to have the least intimate partner violence...".
Now that the Attorney General and her misguided colleagues have
decided to turn their backs on women and children in Tasmania and allow homosexuals to adopt children will they take on the
responsibility of protecting these women and children from the proven atmosphere of domestic violence so overwhelming prevalent
in the homosexual community?
2. Click to thank Major General Michael Jeffery, Governor-General (or write to Government House, Yarralumba, ACT, 2600) for his public
statements about the number of abortions in Australia. He said that he would like to see the number reduced to zero,
and we would certainly agree with him. We do not endorse his proposed solution - better education and wider
availability of contraceptives - because research suggests that there is a direct link between morally-neutral sex education
and an increase in the number of unplanned pregnancies and subsequent abortions.
3. Contact both Hon Tony Abbott (Minister for Health) and Senator Eric Abetz (TAS) to commend them for their comments on the subject
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