Australian Government wants to censor all artworks by default

Art Press Release from Australia. Published by Rebecca Gabrielle Cannon on Sunday 01 February 2015.

Australia is currently the world's third most highly censored country in the world, after China and Iran, and if some of the changes being suggested in a current Senate inquiry into a National Classification Scheme for all art go ahead, it would earn the country a decided first place, a position it already holds for its strictest censorship of Computer Games.

The suggestion of a National Classification Scheme for works of art is based on the model currently used for classifying Film, Television, Internet and Computer Games content in Australia, where creative objects must be submitted to a review committee for classification before they can be released for display to the general public.

Advertising doesn’t have the same restrictions.

A classification scheme presumes that creative content is guilty until proven innocent. The material is deemed unfit for public viewing until is has been approved as safe for viewing. Since Australia doesn’t even have an adult rating for Computer Games, this results in a large percentage

The major problem with the proposal is economic. The scheme would require

Guilty until proven innocent.

Cost to the industry for administrating the scheme.

How do you define what art is, are tattooes and airbrushed images on cars also requiring and approvals rating system?

Mostly its insulting. Suggests that the industry isn’t intelligent enough to monitor it’s own ‘Duty of Care to Minors’, the legal requisite for any publishing entity to be mindful of the effects its content may have on children.

This targetting of an industry whose primary motivations are aesthetics and ethics, when advertising is allowed to self-censor despite its far less honourable motivations to make money by instilling deep-rooted insecurities in the public so that they will purchase goods in an attempt to redeem their social status.

Fine Artists aren’t responsible for widespread deaths through bulemia, anorexia and obesity. There are significant reasons why Brazil banned public billboards.

Art should be encouraged because it’s a controlling force which acts with ethics. Advertising is the controlling force which acts without ethics, and if either industry should have its impact on the public held under close scrutiny, its the latter.

Crimes aren’t committed until there is a victim. None of Bill Henson’s models have ever complained about modelling for his photographs, despite their physical youth at the time.

In a country where 1% of the population are victims of rape, where un-classified <em>Sportsbet</em> television ads can show on girls licking ‘icecream’ off men’s zippered pants, its pretty obvious where the attention of concenred, right-wing, hristian moralists should be focused.

The Natioanl Association for the Visual Arts has made a submission to the Senate Committee enquiry which you can read here:

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